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I just want to thank you for providing such a good resource for bug identification!! I searched and googled and searched over and over again for help identifying a hard shell worm/beetle infest, and thankfully I finally found your website!!!!!  It seems one out of ten questions is on the same pest as I have, but, it was very hard to find anything on it at all.  You provided detailed information, actual pictures to look at, and other recourses to search on the pest. This is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to  Ed Saugstad for offering opinion and providing  info (over and over again, it seems to be a popular pest) I am so happy to finally find something useful and direct to the point.  Many thanks to you!!!!   Glenda from Minnesota

Hi, 
I just wanted to say. Your website is amazing! I visit it so often that I've recommended it to others too. It is clear that no other website can compare to it. And does Ed Saugstad help with the website too? He pretty much answers everyone's questions and if it's just a hobby of his to answer bug questions for others then he's amazing too. Big thanks to you and Ed for keeping the website alive.
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Dearest Mr. Cross
I live in Mass. and have been terrified that I have been getting kissing bugs and have even contacted the CDC then I stumbled on to your site and began searching.  After over one hundred bugs later I found the Western conifer seed bug and I began to breath again.  Thank you so much for this site.  It is a true blessing.
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THANK YOU!  I tried over a dozen bug ID sites.  None were as helpful as yours.  We ID'ed "our" bug based on your response to someone from Manchester, England. The Drugstore beetle was a match.  The hint about dog food and sry goods helped us find the infestation in the dog bisuits.  We have been finding them all over the house, but mostly on light colored surfaces or near lighting fixtures in the evening.  I feel so much better having figured this out, which I could not have done without your site. THANK YOU!
Katy

Thank you for maintaining this fabulously informative web site and thanks also to Ed Saugstad the retired entomologist, who replies with such useful information so freely!  It is all very much appreciated. Sandra. Quinte West, Ontario. 

 

 

 

 


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4814  My name is Joan and I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Every spring we get 3-5 of these 12mm moths in our living room every day. I would like to know more about them so I can figure out where they are coming from and get rid of their food source.  You have a fantastic website.
4813  What kind of spider is this? I saw it on my floor !  Nadine.   Langley, BC
4813  Found this guy in my furnace room, it hides in a gap beside my fresh air intake for furnace.  Don.  Surrey, BC
4812  These cocoons are found on the siding outside my home in rural Saskatchewan.  They are about a centimetre long, some are light  in color while some are dark.  I first noticed them when I moved in to the home in the fall.  It is now April and they have remained stuck to the siding through the long cold winter.  I am new to this area and this climate and I wonder what little critter can survive being exposed to such harsh conditions, AND, is it something that will be a nuisance when they hatch/emerge? Deb. 
This is a chrysalis (pupal stage) of a butterfly, see
http://tinyurl.com/q6emfb4 for an image. Some of these can survive freezing temperatures by producing their own antifreeze. Yours are very unlikely to be pest species.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4811 Location:  Toronto, Ontario - Spring 2014.  Please see attached a photo of a bug found in one of our classrooms.  It was in one of the toys which was picked up by one of our volunteers.  It jumped onto her, bit her as she flicked it off. It left quite a welt on her skin and was stinging.  Please identify if please.  Thank you.  Debra 
This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae); likely Reduvius personatus, a species known as the masked hunter. This is a peridomestic species often found indoors, and reputed to have an extremely painful bite. See no. 4434 for an example of an adult and
http://tinyurl.com/mwq56m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4810  I live in Quesnel, B.C., which is in Central B.C. Canada.  Yesterday I was going through some grasslands in the Williams Lake, B.C. area. Today I found this spider (?) crawling on me. I did not get a bite. Please advise as to the species of this spider. I have been going through your website, to no avail. Thank you for your assistance,  Cheryl
This is a hard tick (family Ixodidae) in the genus Dermacentor, possibly a male D. andersoni (Rocky Mountain wood tick) - see http://tinyurl.com/ohuvyxr for an image. This species can vector Rocky Mountain spotted fever as well as cause tick paralysis (see http://tinyurl.com/ppzzh9z). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4809  Hi there, I spotted this spider crawling across my floor. I live in Kingston Ontario near the St. Lawrence river in an older house. The snow is pretty much all melted and is very wet and at times damp. Just concerns me as I have 2 young children and wondering if I should be concerned or worried about this spider.  Thank-you  Kaitlyn
This spider is in the family Agelenidae; possibly the giant house spider, Eratigena atrica - for images  see http://tinyurl.com/lk4g3l7  These spiders are not dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4808  Hi.  Perhaps you could help me identify this rodent my dog is catching in the backyard. Would really appreciate it.  Chris.
One possibility is a young Norway rat; see http://tinyurl.com/lwbqx4u for a differential diagnosis. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4807  My name is Reinhard and I live in Upper Ohio, 25km inland from Shelburne NS. Our 10 year old house is in the woods and on a lake.  These light brown worms are about 3cm long. They fall out of the wooden ceiling in one of the bathrooms, mostly landing in the bath. If they land on the floor or side of the bath they are able to climb back up to the ceiling.  They first appeared middle of last summer and disappeared late October only to reappear the beginning of March this year.  We see between 2 and 7 every 24 hours.
This appears to be a larva of a beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, such as a mealworm (Tenebrio sp.); see http://tinyurl.com/naku46v for an example. You may wish to examine the area above the bathroom ceiling to see if you can locate the food source for these larvae.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4806  I live in Surrey BC, it's April and the bees are just starting to appear everywhere! I don't mind bees because of what they do for the environment, but I'm terribly afraid of wasps and bees coming close and risking a sting.  I was sitting outside on my balcony the other day and this large, all black bug flew and crashed onto my foot. I was startled at first but when I had a closer look, I realized it was some kind of bee. It just sat there on my foot, even though I shook it gently to make it fly off.  I've seen many types of wasps and bees, but never one that was all black. It was cute and only somewhat fuzzy, very unlike a bumble bee, with thick legs. I don't think it had any intention to harm me at all. It seemed very docile and content sitting there on my slipper. Does anyone know what kind of bee this is? 
 I cannot tell from this image whether or not the abdomen is hairy/fuzzy. If it is, the insect is a bumble bee (Bombus sp.). The only other bee likely to be confused with bumble bees is a large carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.), but these have a nearly smooth, shiny abdomen - see
http://tinyurl.com/pnvjup3 for an image. Bumble bees may sting when provoked, but carpenter bees appear reluctant to sting under most circumstances.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4805  Found this very little one on my pillow while I was reading before bed.  It's the first real 'warm' day in Toronto since the snow has melt. I had my door and window opened. I moved it off the bed and let it go about its way.  Hope its not a 'pest'.  Also hope to hear from you... I'm a new Mom in a new place and would like to know what's roaming about in here :-) Thanks!
This is a small parasitic wasp, perhaps in the family Bethylidae - see
http://tinyurl.com/pajkpz7 for an example.  Their larvae feed on larvae of beetles and moths, and are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4804  What is this. South Africa. North West. Plus minus 30-35degrees This is inside on the walls. They  move but tend to stay in one spot and pop up everywhere. When taken off the wall with toilet paper they seem soft.  They are smaller than 1 cm. Are they dangerous?  What can I do to get rid off them?  Donne.
This appears to be a household casebearer (Phereoeca sp.; Lepidoptera: Tineidae).  Also known as plaster bagworms, these are close relatives of clothes moths, but appear to be more nuisance pests than destructive ones, as they seem to prefer dining on old spider webs and the like. See
http://tinyurl.com/dn4jn5 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4803  Hello, my name is George and I'm from Northern Alabama.  I recently saw a dozen or so of these in one of my bathrooms.  It is early April. They are about 1/4-3/8" long. What is this?  Please don't tell me it's a termite.
This is indeed a reproductive caste termite that has shed its wings and is looking for a suitable site to start a new colony. See
http://tinyurl.com/pgzfzlb for a starting point in locating professional termite inspection/control services in your area. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4802  Hi, I find one of these critters every day in the washroom on the wall. Would appreciate any help identifying it. Thanks.  Al.
This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Ptinidae; subfamily Ptininae); likely a smooth spider beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale; see
http://tinyurl.com/ope5t6l for an image. Spider beetles will feed on an extraordinarily wide range of organic materials, and sometimes can become pantry pests. See http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4801 These are dead versions of bugs found in a basement storage room in Newmarket,   I think that the darker one is the adult.  Length - 5-6 mm.  This is smaller than any bugs found described.  No live ones found…. yet.  Thanks,  Andrew

These are both adult white-marked spider beetles (Ptinus fur; Coleoptera: Ptinidae*), the darker one is a female and the other is a male. This is a cosmopolitan species with a very wide distribution; they will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, and sometimes can become pantry pests. 
*This appears to be a fairly recent taxonomic change; most older literature citations consider these beetles to comprise a subfamily of Anobiidae.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4800  Hi, I was cleaning my garage and saw these two spiders. My grand daughter plays there sometimes. The garage is not heated and is not finished. I live in Surrey, BC. It was a rainy day, march 30/14. Looked online but not able to get an I.D.  Sorry I didn't get the ventral part of these spiders to help with identification. Thanks,  Christiane 
These are cobweb/comb-footed spiders (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda. They are not aggressive, but can deliver a very painful (but not dangerous) bite if mishandled. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4799  Any idea what this is? By my sliding glass door... More every time I come back... Move very slow! Surrey BC. Thanks Kim.
This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus; likely a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci - see
http://tinyurl.com/4d8frnq for an image and http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4798 We are restoring a home that was built in the mid-1800's. We have removed all plaster/lathe and old insulation (the old, shredded paper, blown-in type). We re-insulated the home with foam and fiberglass and have installed drywall in some of the rooms on the second story, where we are living. Now that we have "white walls" again with the drywall, we are noticing these little bugs.  We don't notice them on the first floor because the walls are not finished and we are not living on that floor.  I have eliminated pests, such as silver fish, in another home by sprinkling Sevin Dust (for garden pests) around the exterior sill of the house. I'm not sure if that would work in this case as we are primarily living on the second story and I'm not entirely sure how these little guys are getting into the home. 
This is a bristletail (order Zygentoma), a group of primitive insects that includes household nuisance pests such as silverfish and firebrats. See
http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4797  My name is Thomas and this little guy has been hanging out in the bathroom for a long time now, my girlfriend  thinks he eats the other spiders.. Like the ones that come down from the ceiling.. I hope that's true cuz I hate spider bites.
This is a male jumping spider (family Salticidae). Most jumping spiders are general opportunistic predators, feeding on just about anything that they can overpower, including other spiders. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 
4796 My name is Ellina, I live near Vancouver, BC, Canada. My cat came across this in my dining room tonight. It measured around 1-1.5 inches and could move very fast with bright yellowish markings. Sorry the picture quality isn't great I didn't want to lose track of it before my husband swatted it
This is a stonefly (order Plecoptera): possibly one of the giant stoneflies in the genus Pteronarcys - see http://tinyurl.com/mjkhy94 for an example. Their immature stages (naiads/nymphs) usually are found on the bottoms of fast-moving streams, where they feed on organic detritus. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4795  So I stayed at a hotel Friday night and Sat morn woke up and turned on the light and a few min later found a bug crawling on the top of the  bed comforter. I took a picture of it. This morning I was unpacking my clothes from the hotel and found the same appearing bug (it was dead) in a bag with a damp washcloth.  This is the picture of the one I found crawling on the top of the bed comforter. Is it a beg bug??  Vanessa
This does not look like a bed bug to me, but the image is too blurry for me to hazard much in the way of identification. The shape appears similar to that of a carpet beetle larva, but that’s about it.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4794  I was wondering if you can help me identify this spider. It was taken in Burlington, Ontario. The spider was found indoors walking through my kitchen at 6:00pm. I have two small children and was wondering if it is dangerous? poisonous? Any information would be great. Thank you.  Nicole
This appears to be a male hacklemesh spider (family Amaurobiidae); they are not dangerous to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4793 She was found on a outside wall in Victoria in July 2013.. Fred & Peg.
This appears to be a Common House Spider - Parasteatoda tepidariorum; see
http://tinyurl.com/lvd26ro for an image. This is an exceedingly common, widespread, and harmless species.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4792  Several found inside home near Boston, MA, IN February and March 2014. Karen
This appears to be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; see
http://tinyurl.com/ydyulj8 for an example), but the image is too blurry to be confident of a more specific identification. Beetles such as these often gain entry accidentally, such as in/on firewood, but do no damage there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4791 I'm in Perrys Cove Newfoundland and we found this in the basement of the house that we are building its very cold and really dark and damp in the basement. We have never seen a spider like that before and neither has anyone we shown it to. Any information we could get would be wonderful thanks for your help!  From Donna.
I’m really uncertain about this one myself. If the spider still is available for portraiture, try to obtain an image that clearly shows its eye pattern (on front of head). In the meantime, compare yours with an image of Steatoda triangulosa, a non-dangerous species -http://tinyurl.com/phgjcel. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
4790  There are 10+ of these cocoons on a neighbor’s lawn and this morning this fella was emerging.  Can you tell me what this is?  Sincerely,  Dana.  Palm Bay, Florida
This appears to be a larva of a beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but with the exception of green June beetle larvae (which this one is not), they seldom are seen above the ground surface. Larvae of some stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) also can be quite similar in appearance (see http://tinyurl.com/n9lcznz for an example), but these usually are found in very moist rotting wood rather than in soil.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4789  I live in Ventura County, Southern California.  I find these little long thin creatures near doors and windows almost all season. Specifically, near the sliding door that goes out to the background from the dining room, on the floor from the bedroom windows next to the backyard. What are they and how can I get rid of them for good? They keep entering the house no matter how clean I keep my home.
This is a small millipede, an arthropod in the class Diplopoda. They basically are scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species, like the garden millipede, can damage very tender plants such as in greenhouse environments. They also can be nuisance pests when they occur indoors. Moisture management is key to their control as they are quite susceptible to drying out. See http://tinyurl.com/2ek5s8 for more control advice.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4788  Hello, My name is Ruth and I am hoping you could help us identify this insect  found in Langley, BC, Canada. There are lots of farm properties and ponds nearby as well. They have just started to become visible about a week ago. They are always found in groups of at least 5-7 and flying around together. They are found resting on the window and when people are outside, they try to attack(?) our faces. They have a very long tail which are lobed like a scorpion, their antennas and end of tail look fluff, with 6 long legs and long antennas. It is about the size of the index fingernail. I am concerned whether or not this insect will bite and if so, how dangerous it is. Please help! Thank you
This appears to be a non-biting midge of some sort, see
http://tinyurl.com/k8ku8sa for an example. There is no need for any control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4787  This is the third beetle this week I have found in my home. (March 25th, 2014, central Montreal, Quebec,  -1C to -7C outside)  It has a grey body has many tiny brownish spots on the top side and is approximately 1 cm in length and 4mm wide not including the legs and antenna.  Have you any idea what this is?  Is it harmful?  We are having a very late start to spring and temperatures were colder then the last year by an average of 7C. Also we compost and this winter we put the green compost bin in the garage, a separate but attached building to our home that has a concrete dividing wall between the two.   I like bugs and do not want to kill it.  Thank you,  Jane
This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), possibly a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Their larvae, however, can be serious root pests - see
http://tinyurl.com/anstvb for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4786  My name is Lesley. I'm in a new condo (built 2012) and see these often. About one per day.
I live in Toronto, Ontario, in the Distillery district.  They are very small, less than one cm. Black, with a crunchy shell. They do not fly and are very slow moving. Any idea what this is? Thank you. Lesley
This looks like one of the grain/granary weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the genus Sitophilus, see
http://tinyurl.com/laydb6u for an example and http://tinyurl.com/cff3o6r for some control suggestions. Their larvae develop inside seeds such as wheat, rice, or maize (corn), so if you have any of these in storage, you may want to inspect them for signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4785 Hi I live in Ontario and im not sure of what insect this may be. 
I am uncertain as well! It might be a bristletail (silverfish, firebrats, etc.) that has been stripped of nearly all its appendages.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4784  I found a few of these guys in my basement. Calgary, Alberta. All dead no sign of life. Thoughts on what they are?  Michelle
These appear to be ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae), general predators on many other small invertebrates. They often wander indoors during their searches for prey. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4783  Location: City of Willoughby in Northeast Ohio, Late winter.  Found indoors, about 3/8 to 1/2 inch long.  First sighted on the floor in front of, and after lighting gas log fireplace for the first time in over two years.  Found one in kitchen cabinet crawling on medicine vial-bottle, (no food in said cabinet) another later on counter top, then, one on dining room ceiling, then, on the floor adjacent to fireplace, (two times) for a total of 6 since early January.   Gene.
This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an introduced species that rapidly is becoming a pest (especially in orchards) in northeastern/central North America. See
http://tinyurl.com/bpup9yz for more information. They often come indoors to seek shelter from cold weather. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4782  Hi, I live in Hamilton Ohio.  I bought my house 3 months ago and have been finding the fat gray slow moving bugs all over, and usually on the carpet some are bigger and some are smaller.  Please help me identify this bug!  I kill on average 10 a day!  Thank you! 
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda, they commonly are known as sowbugs, pillbugs, woodlice, roly polys, etc. and are for the most part harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but they may become nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist, they can only persist in damp/humid environments. Eliminating unnecessary water sources and reducing indoor humidity levels as much as practical will help; chemical control is neither necessary nor recommended.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4781  Hi, My name is Mandy and I live in Gig Harbor, WA. About 6 months ago we noticed these teeny tiny bugs all throughout the house, I've never seen them before in my 33 years of life.  They’ve been on the walls, on the floor, in the sink and for the photos I submitted this little guy is on the power cord of my laptop.  He is a grayish color, slightly slow and no wings.  He is about an 8th of an inch long and about a 16th of an inch wide.  I looked through many of your photos and saw things similar but they weren’t the same. Thanks! 
This is a larva of a soft-winged flower beetle (Coleoptera: Melyridae); it appears to be that of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus - see
http://tinyurl.com/m3t2ohr for an image. Little appears known for certain about their food habits, but they are thought to be primarily predators on other small invertebrates. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4780  Hi,  This insect was crawling around in our livingroom.  Our house is a new build, we've lived here for 3 years and I've never seen this insect before. We live in Keene, Ontario, near Peterborough.  Please let me know what this is...I'm pretty concerned.  Sincerely,  Becky
This is a larva of a soft-winged flower beetle (Coleoptera: Melyridae); it appears to be that of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus - see
http://tinyurl.com/m3t2ohr for an image. Little appears known for certain about their food habits, but they are thought to be primarily predators on other small invertebrates. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4779  Hi ,   Please help us identify these bugs/beetles.  We have found them indoors, Mid March , Vancouver area and indoors. They fly and are easy to catch. If you need more info please feel free to respond.  Thank you, Rob
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). It looks like a cedar tree borer (Semanotus sp.); see
http://tinyurl.com/oxvq3eq for an image. Beetles such as these often are brought indoors accidentally in firewood, but will do no harm there.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4778  Hi.  There are several of these hanging from my ceiling or attached by their top ends to the walls.  They are about 8 mm long and there maybe a white worm inside.  I have bad eyes.  The location is Pattaya Thailand.  It is 35° C and  humid.  Hope you can tell me what will become of these or how the bugs look like.  I find nothing crawling around during the day.  Thank you for your help, this is bugging the hell out of me.  Best regards,  Paul
This might be the now empty ‘case’ (the pale object at the lower end appears to be the remnants of a pupa exuvium from which an adult moth emerged) of a household casebearer, Phereoeca uterella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). Although related to clothes moths, these caterpillars appear more interested in eating old cobwebs and the like as opposed to clothing items. See http://tinyurl.com/dn4jn5 for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4777 My name is Sally and I live in Minnesota. I found several of these dead bugs under a light in my kitchen.  They are half a cm in size and are black or mottled brown. I think I have found their larva and shed skins in my toiletries cupboard that are smooth, segmented, brown, very skinny with no obvious head and 2cm in length. The larva move slowly and don't seem to have noticeable feet or hairs. I've had a hard time finding an identified example of the larva.
These are carpet beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); the one on the right looks like a black carpet beetle, Attagenus unicolor; see
http://tinyurl.com/lnn67cw for an image and http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4776 These are in my kids rooms. We live in nj. Please help. We have sprayed for bed bugs and we are thinking were treating for the wrong thing. Thanks.  Bobbi Jo.
Unfortunately, this is a bed bug. In addition to control information on pestcontrolcanada (
http://tinyurl.com/9vjwn), a very comprehensive publication on bed bugs can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kv7j744   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4775  Please what are these I found one in my bed and on the window sill thank you in advance     Tanisha 
This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus; it appears to be a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci - see
http://tinyurl.com/4d8frnq for an image and http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4774  In one day I found 4 of these approx. 2 cm long bugs in an upstairs bedroom and washroom in my Toronto home.  Any ideas ?  Thanks, Don
Yet another western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a nuisance pest when it occurs indoors. See nos. 4727, 4719, and 4683 for other examples.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4773  I was wondering if I could get some help in identifying this spider..  I found it dead beside my pool. I live in Nelson B.C. in the the west Kootenay region. I have seen A LOT of spiders here and have never seen a spider like this one before, or since. What alarmed me the most was what appears to be rather large fangs on the front of it... any ideas on what it could be?
This looks like a folding-door spider (family Antrodiaetidae) in the genus Antrodiaetus, see
http://tinyurl.com/kf55d2w for an example. In spite of their appearance, they are not dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4772 Found in Calgary Alberta in my home.  Very small approx 4mm.  Vicky.
This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae). It looks like a Larinioides sp.  See
http://tinyurl.com/22kboxt for an example. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4771  Please find attached a photograph of what I believe is either a fly or a moth. We have several of them in our house and would like to know what it is so we can find out the best way to get rid of them.  Thanks  Callum
This looks like a moth fly (Diptera: Psychodidae). Also known as drain flies, filter flies, or sewer/sewage flies, they are harmless nuisance pests whose larvae usually are found in shallow, highly polluted water or in very damp/wet decomposing organic matter. See
http://tinyurl.com/ycj8btm for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4770  Hi there, My name is Jenn and I found this bug last week (Feb) in my living room stuck on a piece of tape.
I can't seem to find pictures or descriptions online to identify what it is so I'm not sure how to deal with it (if necessary). Thanks for your help.  Winnipeg.
This appears to be a badly damaged silverfish (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae). These and their close relatives, firebrats, are cosmopolitan nuisance pests that seldom cause any serious damage. See
http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information, including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4769 Therese critters have turned up all of a sudden, mostly in bedrooms at our house in Covina, Ca. Turns out they also can fly!  Dave
This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus; perhaps the varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci - see
http://tinyurl.com/4d8frnq for an image and http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4768  I took these pics from my home in Toronto during the winter ( March 3 2014) Wondering what it is? Notice the bug was sitting on a cold window frame (-14 C outside)   My girlfriend recently moved out of her place due to some sort of a biting bug infestation. She said it was bed bugs however being familiar with bed bugs, I saw no evidence of that. I'm also wondering if these have anything to do with her itching bites. Note: these were taken in my place and not hers however she does visit here quite often.Thank You   G. 
This is a soft-winged flower beetle (Coleoptera: Melyridae); likely Anthocomus equestris - see http://tinyurl.com/l9hst8c for an image. Many beetles in this family appear to be pollen feeders, but at least some in this genus may be predators on other very small insects.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4767 Crawling in my living room, Kamloops, bc. March 2, 2014. Temp in house 69.  Paused while I took it's photo. my dog has odd lesions on him, that was just random, but you never know what is significant, Thank you.  Connie
This is a ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Sergiolus; likely either S. columbianus or S. montanus. These species are very similar in appearance, and can be separated reliably only through microscopic examination of genitalia. They are not dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4766 I found this crab spider on Common St. John's-Wort on 2 Sept. 2002, near Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC.  I have not been able to identify it, so would appreciate any help!  TIA!!  Sharon
This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae), but I cannot tell much more from this image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4765  This was inside my light fixture. We recently had bed bugs so I am a little over paranoid about any bugs I find. Sorry this is the best photo I could get, the bugs are rather tiny. Anna
These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae); possibly smooth spider beetles, Gibbium aequinoctiale - see
http://tinyurl.com/lqe7lfc for an image and http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4764  Hi. We live in Victoria, BC. In the past few months, (November to February) we have been invaded in the house by these tiny brown beetles which are about 2mm long. They seem to originate in the bathroom, then wander off to other areas. They crawl slowly, and fly when necessary.  Usually get about 6 per day. They also seem to like window ledges.  Any advice on control/elimination appreciated! Thanks,  Alan
This looks like a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). See
http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for more detailed information on this pest, along with its look-alike relative, the cigarette beetle.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4763  Please help us identify this bug. It is February 25, 2014 and we see a couple each week. They fly indoors. We live in Langley, British Columbia.  Thanks.  Elvin
Unfortunately, this moth is too badly damaged for me to attempt a specific identification. If you see another, please try to get a picture showing a dorsal (top side) view. In the meantime, look at an image of an Indianmeal moth at
http://tinyurl.com/lp4mhel to see if this is what you might have. If it is, see http://tinyurl.com/n8ceroo for control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4762  Do you know what this is or where it comes from???  Kelsey
This is a male arctiid moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Arctiinae) with its coremata on display. The coremata is an eversible gland the male moth uses to disperse its sex pheromone to attract female moths. See
http://tinyurl.com/m3xydlg for more information on this subject; these moths are common virtually worldwide. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4761  Found these in My couch in the cracks. Several of them. Help???? I'm panicking. I'm I. Austin, Texas. 
This is one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. They feed primarily on damaged grains or grain-derived dry stored food products, and can become pantry pests. See
http://tinyurl.com/m99jkh4 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4760  I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. I have found 2 of these worm looking things while digging in my yard. They are dark brown/black in color about 2 to 2.5 inches long and are about an inch fat at on end and slightly more narrow at the other. The outside of it is hard, not soft. I am completely puzzled as to what it is. Anyone know?
This is a pupa of a moth, possibly in the family Sphingidae (hawk/hummingbird moths, etc.); see
http://tinyurl.com/n6mxcdx for an example. The mature larvae of many species in this family burrow into loose soil before undergoing pupation.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4759  Hello,  We have these little bugs flying in our house and cannot locate the source!!  They have been in the house for about 2 months (Jan and Feb)  They tend to congregate on the windows.  We live in Calgary and have had a cold winter.  They don't bite and they don't seem to be coming from fruit (which don't have out of fridge on counter anymore)  Also we have 3 house plants which we have sprayed and when we shake them no bugs come from them,  we have looked for food sources etc but can't find any. Hopefully you can help us identify what they are and a possible source and remedy!!  Thank you for your help,   Mary-Lou.
These appear to be fungus gnats (Diptera: Sciaridae); they basically are nuisance pests, but their larvae (maggots) sometimes can damage very tender plant roots/lower stems, especially in greenhouses or indoor potted plants. They are most prevalent in saturated soils having a high organic matter content; the best preventive measure is to avoid overwatering indoor plants, allowing the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4758  Hi my name is Nathalie I live in Hamilton in. O.N. For 13 years now.  The last 10 months I had problems with pharaoh ants German cockroach.  Now I found 3 of those bug in my washroom one in my basement not sure what it is. Very small bug.   
This appears to be a bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Cimicidae). You can find detailed information on how to deal with them on this pestcontrolcanada page (
http://tinyurl.com/bwdnb8) that also has links to pest control professionals in your area.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4757 We have seen found these in our house the past 3 or 4 weeks. It is Mid way through February and we are located on Prince Edward Island, East Coast of Canada.
This appears to be a male wasp in the family Ichneumonidae, see
http://tinyurl.com/maebp7j for an example. They all are parasitic on insects and other arthropods, and completely harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4756  What are these worms that are dangling from our vaulted ceiling in our new house in the finished and unfinished areas. How do I get rid of them? Thank you SO much!  Amy k
As with the previous specimen, I cannot see enough detail to be confident of identification. I will guess that it might be a very small moth caterpillar; female moths that get indoors  have been known to lay their egg masses on walls or ceilings and when the eggs hatch, the larvae wander about until they eventually starve, but in the meantime, often cause much concern to the home’s human occupants. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4755 I find this all over under my bed. Erica.
I cannot see enough detail to say much beyond that it appears to be the cast skin of an insect larva of some kind; the worst case scenario being that it might be that of a dermestid (carpet) beetle, but it sure doesn’t look like a typical one if it is. It also would be helpful if you specified both its size and your geographic area should you be able to post other images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4754  The attached (yellow jacket/wasp/bee?) was photographed in late January 2014 at Daytona Beach, Florida. Identification will be appreciated.  Howard
This is a vespid wasp in the genus Polistes; likely P. major - see
http://tinyurl.com/m8c2aj3 for an image and http://tinyurl.com/md8suzl for a little more information on this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4753 Found this in my room trying to identify.
 
This specimen is so badly damaged that I hesitate to say much  my best guess is that it could be a young silverfish (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) that has lost most of its appendages as well as its body covering (scales). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4752  This was found in the basement at the bottom of the stairs. We are in West-central Alberta and it is mid-February. Thanks for your help
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but it does not appear to be an old house borer (Hylotrupes bajulus), the only species that would actually infest any part of a house.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4751  We saw this bug this morning.  It was in the hall upstairs in our house.   We are in Toronto.  My name is Catherine.   Is it a small cockroach?  We are very concerned...
This does appear to be a cockroach nymph. If you see many more, you may want to contact a pest control company in your area. You can easily find links to some here: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/toronto pest control.htm  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4750  Hi, I really need your help.  I have a problem with this type of insect in the house. I catch approximately 25 each day and they are only on one level. Last year I had a problem with carpenter ant’s but assumed the exterminator got rid of them. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the ants. I live in Saint John, NB, Canada and the temperature has been -15 to -20 all month.  These dead insects are Approximately 3/4 of an inch.  Thank you and any help would be appreciated, Andrew
This is a reproductive (winged) ant and it does appear to be a carpenter ant. If you heat with wood, they might be coming in on firewood. This commonly occurs at our house, especially with locust wood. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4749 This spider was approximately 3” long from front legs to rear. Found in rocks under a fire pit in Oxford Ga. in late December of 2013. I believe it is a very large Forest Wolf Spider.  Barry
This is a fishing spider (family Pisauridae) in the genus Dolomedes, possibly Dolomedes tenebrosus  (see http://tinyurl.com/msncvyn for an example). However, some individuals of D. scriptus can be very similar in appearance. These spiders are not aggressive towards humans, but can give a painful bite if mishandled.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4748  What kind of bug is this...I live in Ohio and found it on my living room floor.
This is the remains of a dead beetle, possibly a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); nothing to worry about.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4747  My name is Violeta Centeno and I've recently found these small worms in different areas of my home. Each worm has a different color and size.  Some that are yellowish, and some that are very light and can barely be seen. Some are very tiny and some are like 1/2 an inch. I found them under my couches, under the beds, in the closets, on my hard wood floors, and in the tubs where my children's toys are. I also found some white worms in my kitchen cabinets but I assume those are different kind of worms since the color and size weren't the same as the other ones. I also found small black beetles in different areas of my house.  Please help me and give me some advice on how I should treat this issue and how I could've brought these creatures into my house?  I live in Rockford Illinois in the US. It's winter here and the worms/beetles were found inside my home.
This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin beetles and allies); likely in the genus Attagenus. See
http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4746  Hi, I found this "larvae" yesterday in my guinea pig's cage. First I was thinking it was one of her feces but it started to move and I got really concerned. I don't know if it came from the organic mix green that I fed them that I just bought at the supermarket.  This salad suppose to be clean and ready to eat. As you can see I was really scared that it could be "worm feces" but then I was able to see that it looks like a "black pupa". I feed them with alfalfa pellets but I did not find anything like that inside the bag. I clean their cage every 2 days and its the first time that I've see something like that. I live in Memphis TN, USA and its 25 to 30 degrees outside. My guinea pigs never go outside and I keep their cage really clean. Can you identify what kind of insect its this and where it comes from? Thank you   Alder
This appears to be a pupa of some kind of moth, but I would hesitate to even guess as to its identity before the moth emerges. Whatever it is, it is nothing that would pose any threat to your guinea pig. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4745 My name is Patrick & 2 of these bugs were found in my new York residence 1 in the bathroom and the other in a bed room. It is currently very cold outside.
This is a cockroach, it might be a nymph of one in the genus Periplaneta.  See http://tinyurl.com/mtyvmfk for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4744  This insect was found in our bedroom today in Cobourg Ontario It is 3/4" long. Could you please identify it ? Thank you.  Bill
Yet another (albeit somewhat mangled) example of a western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); see nos. 4727 and 4719 for other examples. These insects often come indoors in search of winter shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4743 I keep finding these in my workplace and haven't seen them anywhere else, so im really not sure what it is, im guessing maybe some kind of larva though, they are pretty quick too.  Alex.
This looks like a silverfish, a bristletail (order Zygentoma) in the family Lepismatidae. Silverfish and their close cousins known as firebrats can be nuisance pests in homes; see
http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information, including control recommendations.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4742 About 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Yellow and black/brown stripes. One clear set of wings and one set of colored wings  (think they are wings). Looks like it has a stinger. Found indoors each winter in Maine. Help please Doug.
This appears to be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); ones like this often are brought indoors accidentally in firewood, but will do no damage there. The only species likely to infest buildings is the old house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus - see
http://tinyurl.com/ykmzv78   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4741  Hello, I found this insect on the wall near the ceiling. It was in my kitchen, on a day that it was constantly snowing and fairly mild for Canadian winters. It was over 2 cm in body length and was fairly tall. It must have had a hard shell because it made a crunch sound when I killed it. I live in Southwestern Ontario and I am hoping to determine if this bug will not require me to hire a pest control company. Thanks in advance for any help! Lindsey
This is a cockroach nymph, but I cannot be certain of its specific identification. If you believe that your infestation requires the services of a professional pest controller, you can find information on Ontario companies at this link on pestcontrolcanada.com:
http://tinyurl.com/3bpl9hy  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4740  I live in Houston tx, the temp. has been around high 50.. I have been finding these all over my house from bedroom to kitchen.. The picture indicates how tiny they are. They are very small.. They play dead too.. They look like sesame seeds when playing dead. Please help me identify.. Thanks for your help. From Deanna 
This looks like a cigarette beetle, Lasioderma serricorne (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). See
http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for more detailed information on this pest, along with its look-alike relative, the drugstore beetle. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4739  Live in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Found a few of these in my daughter's room this evening. Darryl
This looks like a redheaded ash borer (Neoclytus acuminatus; Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). They often are brought indoors accidentally in firewood, but will do no damage there. See
http://tinyurl.com/k8j27rp for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4738  Hello, I recently found this insect in my mridangam (a south Indian hand drum) bag.  It appears to have been eating the goatskin head.  The shell of the drum is made of jack wood.  Thank you!  David
This is a larva and shed larval ‘skin’ of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), likely in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). See
http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4737 I've been following your website for many years now and in fact it is one of two "home pages" which appear when I start my browser.  I've always been curious about Mr. Saugstad's occasional comments regarding "painful but not dangerous bites" from certain insects, bugs etc.  I'd like to understand what exactly causes this pain.  Is it just the mechanical trauma suffered by the skin or is there injection/application of some chemical which causes the pain?  Jack.  Alabama.
The causes of pain from an arthropod bite can include both mechanical (such as from very powerful jaws/fangs that penetrate/lacerate skin and underlying tissues) and chemical factors. Many predatory insects having piercing/sucking mouthparts (such as assassin bugs, giant water bugs, etc.) have strong enzymes in their saliva that break down the tissues of their prey, and these can cause severe pain when injected during a bite. Also, some arthropod venoms contain chemicals that act directly on pain receptors in the skin. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4736  Found this in my office on my desk in Webster City, IA on January 30, 2014 at 9 am CST about 30 degrees and snowing, but has been extremely cold here for weeks, like below zero. Thank you,  Lindsey
This is a pseudoscorpion, a tiny arachnid related to spiders, scorpions, etc. They are general predators on other small arthropods, and unlike true scorpions, lack venom glands and are completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/lubjn5 for more detailed information on these fascinating creatures. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4735  Present year round in food pantry, chocolate, vegetable oil, cake mixes, etc.  Picture taken in January 2014.   Chuck from Yorktown, VA
These beetles are either cigarette or drugstore beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae), pantry pests that will feed on an extraordinarily wide variety of organic materials. See http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4734 I live in Toronto and we found a few of these little guys in our pantry.  I assumed it was some type of weevil but haven't been able to find anything that looks like it.  Graham
The image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but this could be one of the beetles in the family Anobiidae that can be pantry pests such as cigarette or drugstore beetles. See
http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4733  Found 2 of these spiders  under my stairs in my bedroom. The first one they found was upside down on its web.  Didn't seem disturbed or anything while I took her picture.  The web is very abstract, messy I suppose you could say.  The web is about 6 inches above the floor.  I noticed a while ball of web, with webbing attached stretching over more of the wall base.   There is a pile of big black  dead beetles.  Beside this pile, is another pile of small bugs.  I assume these spiders have been there for a while helping with bug control.  They aren't too big either.  The size of a mans thumb nail with its legs.  Also in the web was 3 spiders, smaller bodies with longer legs.  I'm assuming it's a false widow? Thank you for your time, Alicia, Located on the outskirts of Prince George BC. Photo taken January 27th.  Cold and snowy outside.  We rely on wood heat and space heaters, so the temperature in the house varies. 
This is a comb-footed/cobweb spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda (see
http://tinyurl.com/mheuwgh for an example), but I cannot be more specific from this ventral view. Some species in this genus can deliver a quite painful bite if mishandled, but they are neither dangerous nor aggressive towards humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4732 there are many of these outside of our home, along the garage, on our deck, multiplying fast. I found this particular one very interesting because I have never seen one so Big before!!! He was intriguing to watch too as he built his web to catch its prey. I appreciate you offering to look and examine this image I have captured of him and anxiously await to hear its identity       Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada.   Susan
This is a female orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; see
http://tinyurl.com/mmr2nko for an example. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4731  I found two of these bugs in my home over the weekend. I live in Winnipeg, Mb. Can you tell me what it is?  Thanks, Sandra.
This appears to be a nymph of Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. They are reported to have an extremely painful bite, and should be treated with caution. See no. 4434 for an example of an adult and
http://tinyurl.com/mwq56m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4730  Hi, I live in a Condo, and for the past month I have been finding this moth like pest flying around my place. At first I thought it was one incident, however I have now ran into 10 and I have a bad feeling that I am dealing with an infestation. Before I alert the property management, I would like to get some information on this pest, to see whether is specific to my Unit or a Building issue. Location: Mississauga, Ontario.  Indoors Condominium. Weather: currently cold winter and indoors 68 to 72 deg Fahrenheit.  Regards, Arash
I cannot be certain from this image, but it looks like a member of the family Pyralidae. This family includes several pest species, but your specimen does not resemble any of those commonly found indoors. Just to be safe, check any dry food products (including dry pet food and bird seed) for signs of insect infestation, and if you can obtain a clearly focused image of one of these taken from directly overhead (dorsal view), please resubmit. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4729  Hi, i found four of these in the past week in the areas where our dog hangs out. They have a hard grayish shell and are about 7-10mm long.  Our apartment is in Puerto Rico. Could you please help identify those? Thanks, Sona
This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely a brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, which has a nearly world-wide distribution. See
http://tinyurl.com/cu8akgf for an image and http://tinyurl.com/lproer2 for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4728  Found this in my backyard in Burlington Ontario.  I've killed 2 that were in my house.  I found it in a pile of leaves and sticks along the side of my house.  Pls ID for me.  Thnx.  Tim
This appears to be a woodlouse spider, Dysdera crocata, a very widespread species that may be overlooked because it usually is found under cover of some kind. As the name implies, it specializes in feeding on woodlice, terrestrial crustaceans in the order Isopoda (also known as sowbugs, pillbugs, etc.). They have quite large chelicerae (‘fangs’) for their body size, and can deliver a quite painful (but not dangerous) bite if mishandled; see
http://tinyurl.com/6qovbz for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4727 Found this one on the kitchen table tonight…big as a quarter…any ideas?  Annette.  Langley, BC
This insect, a western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), is a likely candidate for the species most frequently submitted to this site - see nos. 4719 and 4683 for other examples. These insects often come indoors in search of winter shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4726  Hello, this spider was found in our house on a ceiling.  I is about the size of a quarter , it's winter here now usually -10 to -20 C, here in Calgary, Alberta Canada, but we are experiencing a Chinook this week so it's warmer this week +12 C today.  I used to reside in White Rock, British Columbia but had never seen  a spider like this in BC either.  Could you please identify for me.    Thank  You,  Dale.
This is Phidippus audax, a jumping spider (family Salticidae) commonly known as the bold or daring jumper. It is a quite common species widely distributed in North America, see
http://tinyurl.com/ohvwj5g for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4725 This photo was taken at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on June 21, 2013. Thanks for helping us identify this insect.. Cathy
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the genus Merhynchites (rose curculios); see http://tinyurl.com/momujrs for an example and http://tinyurl.com/m2dglld for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4724  Hello,  I found this parasitoid inside the abdomen of a click beetle (Agriotes obscurus L.), attached to the dorsal surface.  The beetle was collected in the spring, in the Chilliwack (BC) area, where this is the predominant click beetle species.  Any idea what I am looking at?  Much appreciate your help!  Wim
This looks very much like a pupa of a fly in the family Phoridae (hump-backed or scuttle flies); see
http://tinyurl.com/ks4vkne for an example. Larvae of these flies usually are scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species are known to be parasitic on other insects.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4723  I keep finding these bugs in my room only, note my room is the coldest in the house, I live on the second floor and during last summer I found 3 dead, but so far this is 5 I've seen this year. Can you please help me and let me know if they are dangerous or what to do?  Cynthia
This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an introduced species that rapidly is becoming a pest in northeastern/central North America. See
http://tinyurl.com/bpup9yz for more information. They often come indoors to seek shelter from cold weather. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4722  My name is Patti and the images were taken January 17, 2014 in North Vancouver, BC. We have been away for 5 months and the home has been looked after on a daily basis but clothes and pantry items were wrapped and stored during our absence. On our return we have noticed several moths which appear to be clothes and or pantry type moths in all areas of the house. However, in swatting and killing several around the house we found this one which does not appear to be the same. Can you please tell us what type of insect this is? While it may not be pertinent, we have returned from Bali, Indonesia and brought back several textile and wood sculpture articles and hope we have not inadvertently imported a non-indigenous species of pests. Thank you in advance for your help.
I cannot be completely certain because of the angle from which this image was taken, but it looks like a dung fly (Diptera: Scathophagidae). These are predators, primarily on other dung-associated insects; see
http://tinyurl.com/lqfrrh7 for images and more information. These are native, and will not harm anything in your house. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4721  Hello.  We just notice a couple days ago this little flying bug (about 2 mm long) around the windows sill. They have little wings but while touching them they barely move. I have seen about 10 the first day but 3 days later a can see about 50 of them around the windows inside the house. I have saw some on the ceiling over the light. I was wondering if they could be cause by a water flood from my upstairs bathroom just over the front door where they have been found. The water when through the ceiling and we didn't open the ceiling yet. I have remove my ceiling light cover but didn't find any inside.  We are from Quebec Gatineau and the weather as been a bit warmer since the weekend. it's about 5 degree Celsius. Any help identifying this little bug would be appreciated.  Regards  Simon
This is a tiny parasitic wasp, possibly in the superfamily Cynipoidea; it will not harm you or anything in your house.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4720 Hi this beetle was found in Pietermaritzburg South Africa, They were found sucking sap from and Aloe plant, they also have a strong Almond smell. Anyone have an idea what it is?
These look like bugs in the family Scutelleridae (jewel bugs/shield-backed bugs), but I can’t take them any further. No members of this family appear to be reported as serious pests on aloe in South Africa.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4719  Hello,  I live in Stouffville, Ontario. We have been finding what looks like
long-horned beetles in our home. The strange thing is that it's during the
winter and we are worried that they are nesting somewhere inside the walls. Could they damage our home? Lori
This is a western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a species very frequent submitted to this site - see no. 4683 for another example. These insects often come indoors in search of winter shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4718 From Ken, Vancouver, B.C. Taken Jan. 12, 2014, spider found inside a damp garage during very wet weather. Abdomen is about 8 mm in length, brown, somewhat shiny and with two lighter triangular markings on top.  Total length including legs is about 30 mm.  Thanks.
This is a comb-footed/cobweb spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda, possibly Steatoda bipunctata or S. grossa; see
http://tinyurl.com/mheuwgh for an example. They can deliver a painful but not dangerous bite if mishandled; they are not aggressive towards humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4717  Can someone please ID this apparent small beetle? Approx 3mm in length, Location Toronto, Ontario, winter months found periodically in bathroom area but seeing more of them, always in the same area. Often found upside down trying to turn upright - slow moving, dark looking. Much appreciated, Tom
Not a beetle at all, but a very large aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Commonly known as plant lice, they all are sap feeders, and some species can be serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4716  We are located in southwest Missouri and this is the first time I have seen this pest. The insect looks a lot like a Sawyer beetle, is gray in color, can fly, and it is just a little over 1/2 inch long.    They are very aggressive eaters and during the heat of the day, they will drop to lower branches to feed.  The weather this year has been very hot and dry.  I'm not sure if the weather has brought them in from a dryer location. 
These are blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae); likely in the genus Epicauta - see
http://tinyurl.com/k2pyenv for an example. These are voracious feeders that can quickly cause considerable damage to plants, and the fluid (hemolymph) they exude from their joints when disturbed can cause blistering to tender skin. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4715 Found in my cold cellar (and it is cold in there!) in Kitchener, Ontario. About looney size. Thanks!!
This appears to be a funnel weaving spider (family Agelenidae), such as the barn funnel weaver, Tegenaria domestica ; see
http://tinyurl.com/kjpntyv for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4714  Hello my name is Rosie. I live in an apartment complex in Fresno, CA. The apartment complex is about 20 years old and I have lived here for about three years. I've never seen this bug before but the entire complex has been recently remodeled inside and out (7months to be exact). I keep finding more and more of these lil buggers especially around my kitchen cabinets and cooking oil containers. Please help me identify them so that I can take the necessary precautions. They started appearing more around fall and have multiplied since. Plz help!!
It is possible that this small beetle could be one of those in the family Anobiidae that can be pantry pests. Check any dry stored food products in your pantry (including spices and dry pet food) for signs of infestation, and dispose of any found to be infested. Then, give the food storage areas a thorough cleaning, and keep infestable products in sealable plastic, glass, or metal containers. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4713  Hi I seen this spider in a parking lot in St. Catharines Ontario and it's like nothing i've seen before. I showed a few people and they thought it was a crab. It does sort of look like one. What type of spider would this be?  Anna.
This is a female orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus, she is near the end of her life, and given her condition, difficult to be certain precisely which species she might be. Araneus diadematus is one possibility; see
http://tinyurl.com/lth3xwe for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4712  These tiny seed like piles appear daily for the last week or so. Cant seem to find anything on them being that I cant tell if they are Seeds, eggs, larvae, carcasses...No apparent legs or heads. They are tiny, maybe .5 mm long by .25 mm wide. A small pile appears over a two day period. size of pile approximately 1.5 inches around and 1/4 inches high.  The attached pictures were taken the morning after cleaning up such a pile. Location San Jose Ca.  - Late December - Early January
I’m afraid that you have an infestation of drywood termites, as these are their fecal pellets (‘frass’) that they expel through holes in the wood they are feeding upon - see
http://tinyurl.com/yhkf3j2 for detailed information and http://tinyurl.com/mo7nzqs for a starting point for locating termite control specialists in your area. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4711  My name is brad. Attached is a photo of an insect (magnified) that i found in a closet. I also found a few more with the same characteristics.  - geographical area: Greater Toronto Area.  - season: winter.  - size: tip of pin / less that half the size of a grain of rice –very tiny.  - color: beige and brown.  - 6 legs / 2 antennas / 2 wings- they were found alive but could not fly. Which makes me believe they are in the early stages of development. They would move slowly and jump i put my finger near. They are currently in a bag and can jump from side to side.  - we are also noticing small bites on our body.  Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
This is a booklouse (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). They basically are nuisance pests that cause little if any real harm, as they feed primarily on mould spores and bits of organic detritus; they are incapable of biting humans.. They are subject to desiccation, so eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture and lowering indoor humidity levels as much as practical will help control them. See
http://tinyurl.com/mvz4xf for a fact sheet with more detailed information  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4710 I found this thing in my basement just now, tried to look it up & found nothing. it was very quick & maneuvered extremely fast. I had to torch it in order to stop it from consuming my soul. this picture is of the top front of the spider, its legs are pointed upward because of the quick blast of fire, i guess. please reply to this email if you are able to identify the spider!
This is a ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Herpyllus; see
http://tinyurl.com/lr8wd8 for an example. Known as a parson spider, it is completely harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4709 This is a tiny bug about the size of a fruit fly flies around my window in my home in Toronto,  ON.  I often find dead ones in water that has been sitting around. I see them in the summer and now the winter too. Thanks, Jennifer
This appears to be a dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae), see
http://tinyurl.com/llc5zu for an image. These basically are nuisance pests when they occur indoors, but their larvae (maggots) can damage roots and lower stems of very tender plants; see http://tinyurl.com/mmsfugf for more detailed information.. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4708  Found deer lake ,Newfoundland in glass jar, bottom cupboard. Ugh!! Jan month cleaning out cupboards, it was dead in the empty glass jar. Christine. 
This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan species that can be a pantry pest.  Because their larvae will feed on such a wide variety of organic materials, complete control can be difficult. See
http://tinyurl.com/p7zqooo for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4707  Hello, I'm submitting this photo of an insect I found in a box of Christmas decorations (hence the sparkles on its back).  Located in Port Severn, Ontario. Found in January. Could you help me identify it? Thank you. Sara
This is a nymph of a cockroach, but I’m not sure that I can provide a more specific identification.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4706  Hello. Looking for help identifying this bug that we found in our North Toronto home on the living room floor on January 4, 2014 Thanks!  Jen.
This appears to be a nearly mature nymph of Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. They are reported to have an extremely painful bite, and should be treated with caution. See no. 4434 for an example of an adult and
http://tinyurl.com/mwq56m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4705  This insect was found on tree bark in southern Manitoba.  Thank you.
This is a female ichneumon wasp in the genus Megarhyssa, likely Megarhyssa atrata. She is using her long ovipositor to bore through wood into the tunnel of her intended prey, larvae of wood wasps in the family Siricidae. See
http://tinyurl.com/67kwtqp for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4704 Hello, I’m located in Kitchener, Ontario (Southern Ontario). Since last year, we start to see these spiders in our house in different areas. There is no specific location or time of the year that we see these. Normally these are of size 1cm to 2-3 cms.  Attached picture is what we found today on a wall and is of size of 2.5 cms with legs open. Please help us identifying this spider including if this is a dangerous in nature and how to control these. We have kids at home and scared of getting this to an infestation level.  Thanks for your help!  G B
Unfortunately, the condition of this spider precludes a definitive identification – it might possibly be a sac spider in the family Miturgidae (see
http://tinyurl.com/k5355 for an example). The only spider species in Ontario that truly can be dangerous to humans is the northern black widow spider, see http://tinyurl.com/mkjwanm for an image.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4703 I found this running out of some clothing I had at a hotel.  I am in southeastern Michigan. It doesn't look like it has wings.
This is a bristletail, a primitive insect in the order Zygentoma (formerly Thysanura). Some members of the family Lepismatidae, such as silverfish and firebrats, can be nuisance pests. See
http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information, including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4702 IN Brantford Ontario, Jan 1st. Average January Conditions.  Have been below zero this entire week. I have found them in one room only, that has common household plants. Within the last week I have found 4 of these bugs in different spots…floor, ceiling, wall. Any help would be great in identifying this bug. Sara.
This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). The adult beetles typically feed at the margins of leaves, giving them a notched appearance; the larvae typically are root feeders, and some can be serious garden/agricultural pests. However, the ones you find indoors simply are seeking winter shelter, and will do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4701 Hello, My name is Bryn from Toronto, Canada. Please help me identify these small insects I found in my apartment during the fall and winter. They are red/brown beetle-like insects 1-3 mm in size. I found these small insects crawling on the floor or in the window sill, usually in a well-lit room or during the day. I have only seen the adults, not the larvae, but I live in an old apartment building and there are many places for them to hide. Possible sources: wool carpets, dried goods or household plants.  
The specimen on the left appears to be the remains of a planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea. The one in the middle might (and I stress ‘might’) be somewhat crushed carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). I hesitate even to guess at the identity of the beetle on the right - if at all possible, please submit a clear image from a  dorsal (top side) aspect. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4700 Please help!  Kourtni.
This appears to be a dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae). They basically are nuisance pests that usually do little real harm. Their larvae often are found in very wet/waterlogged soil having a high organic material content, and may sometimes damage roots/very tender stems of potted plants. The adults cannot bite and are harmless. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4699  Attached are some photos of different creatures I have found inside and outside of my house, I am infested with sum horrible thing that has been miss diagnosed for two years, I had to quit my job because of the sores all over my body, my house has bed bugs witch was either here or picked up from the storage unit I used while I was in the process of moving, my name is Angela.
The left-hand image is that of a saddle-back caterpillar (Acharia stimulea; Lepidoptera: Limacodidae); these have venomous spines that can cause a painful skin rash if handled carelessly - see
http://tinyurl.com/kqxvaf2 for detailed information. The middle image is a harmless green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae); these insects are general predators on aphids, small caterpillars, and other soft-bodied insects - see http://tinyurl.com/by2tpu5 for detailed information. The right-hand image is a caterpillar of a banded tussock moth, Halysidota tessellaris (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Arctiinae); see http://tinyurl.com/l365uqp for images of adults and larvae. The hairs of this caterpillar reportedly can cause a mild rash on sensitive skin. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4698  Hi, This spider has been hanging out on our kitchen ceiling for a few days. It is about the size of a quarter. This picture was taken a few days ago, December 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. We are wondering whether the spider may be a danger to us, our kids (we have a 12 month old and a 4 year old) or our dog, and what we should do with him.  We recently acquired a number of plants in our home … a fiddle leaf fig, a dragon plant and a snake plant - and I am wondering whether the spider may have come into our home on one of these. We have also had a lot of new toys from foreign lands over the holidays ...  There were 2 more dead spiders near this one that look like they also have brown spotted legs, but not so furry. I have pics of these as well.  I would very much appreciate any help you can offer toward identifying this spider. Thank you!  Jaime.
This appears to be a running crab spider (family Philodromidae) in the genus Philodromus - see
http://tinyurl.com/n4j2m77 for an example (not the same species as yours). All spiders in this family are harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4697 We have many of these bugs in our house, usually found dead.  We find them daily, but worse in a specific bedroom.  They are about 1cm long, including antennae.  We just moved into the house in the past few weeks so I don’t know if they’re around year-round.  It’s currently December.  We live in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.  I’d like to know what they are and how to get rid of them. Sincerely, Tara
This appears to be an elm leaf beetle, Xanthogaleruca luteola (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). See
http://tinyurl.com/ma5bjls for images and more detailed information, including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4696  Found in my nieces  basement suite in Vernon. British Columbia December 2013. Mostly glossy black with grey markings on the abdomen. She says about the size of a quarter. Ken.
Unfortunately, the conditions under which this spider was photographed make a positive identification difficult - was it sprayed with something? At any rate, it certainly does not appear to be anything dangerous.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4695 My daughter found this spider in the backyard do you know what it is?  Warren.
This is an orb weaving spider, apparently in the genus Araneus, but I cannot make a more specific identification from this image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4694 Hi there, I found this insect under my bed in Toronto, Ontario after I was bitten by what I thought was a spider several times. Could you tell me what it is and if this could be what bit me? It is about 1-2mm in size, that's why I couldn't get a better picture. Thank you,  Jan
 This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae); likely a smooth spider beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale - see
http://tinyurl.com/lqe7lfc for an image and http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4693 Today(dec,14, 2013) Vancouver island , b.c. My name is Justin.
This is a male cobweb spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda, likely S. grossa - see
http://tinyurl.com/kur3ek2 for an image. Females of this species can deliver a very painful (but not dangerous) bite if mishandled.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4692  Hi.  I saw this walking on top of the snow the other day. Any idea what species this spider is?  Yara
This looks like a male hacklemesh spider (family Amourobiidae). These spiders are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4691  So I found two of these in my house this was the best pic I could get. I did kinda squish it . But I am very paranoid about what it is ...... Help ...  Samantha
This is one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. See
http://tinyurl.com/m99jkh4 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4690  Hello I found it on my comforter in my apartment in Toronto, Canada.  Anybody knows what it is?  The size is about 3mm. I don't think it's a bed bug because it's not flat.  Thanks in advance. 黒鳥 ゆき子
This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae), but I cannot make a more specific i.d. from this image. These beetles will feed on a wide variety of organic materials, and sometimes can be pantry pests; see http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4689 This critter was found in a living room in Leduc, Alberta. Graham.
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda, they commonly are known as sowbugs, pillbugs, woodlice, roly polys, etc. and are for the most part harmless nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist, they can only persist in damp/humid environments.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4688  This was taken December 1st 2013 in downtown Toronto Ontario in a loft building built in an early 1900 factory (Foundry Lofts) Temperature around -2 deg C. They disappeared for a few days and have now come back. Please help!  Mathieu
This might be an Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a very common pantry pest. See http://tinyurl.com/dn4jn5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4687  Found this little bug in a friends basement. The month was May in central Manitoba. he is 2mm long. Any info would help thanks Christina. 
Unfortunately, this image is too blurry for a confident identification. It might be a very small beetle such as a spider beetle. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4686 I live the Greater Vancouver area in B.C.  These flies appear in my house each year, in October/November for about a 2 week period, just as the weather gets colder as Autumn turns to Winter.  I don’t know where they come from.  They always congregate around windows on the inside of my house, and when I open the window, they stay clinging to the window and not leaving.  Each fly is very small (2-3 mm) and the distinguishing feature is one or two dark spots on each wing of the fly.  Any information would be great.  Ivan. 
I cannot be certain from this image, but it might be a fungus gnat in the family Mycetophilidae; see http://tinyurl.com/lgcpme6 for an example. Their larvae usually develop in very damp/wet soil having a high organic content. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4685  We found this under a flagstone outside our chicken coop. It looked like a cricket to me, but larger.  
Thanks!  Nathan.  from Berkeley, CA. 
This is a Jerusalem crickets, a relative of grasshoppers and crickets in the family Stenopelmatidae. See
http://tinyurl.com/ybmxvv for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4684  I recently started finding these little critters around my apartment in Berkeley in California, USA. I would guess they are some kind of beetles, and we asked the apartment management to take a look but they just provided us a bug and roach spray. I find them climbing up walls occasionally and they seem to also appear on both carpeted and wooden floors. If touched, they play dead and fall off the wall, then get up again after a while. Sprayed our kitchen floor and the next day we found over forty of them dead. Wanted to know what they are and if they are harmful. Thanks for the help!  -John
These might be one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); their larvae develop inside seeds such as wheat, rice, or maize (corn). See
http://tinyurl.com/bw2oa8f for an example and http://tinyurl.com/cff3o6r for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4683  In one day I found 4 of these approx. 2 cm long bugs in an upstairs bedroom and washroom in my Toronto home.  Any ideas ?  Thanks,  Don
This is a western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a very frequent submission to this site - see no. 4576 for an another example. These insects often come indoors in search of winter shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4682  The photo was taken 10/4/2013 Delray Beach Florida. I have seen this in my house a few times, it looks dead but at close examination it moves extremely slow. Thank you in advance for your help. Al
This appears to be a household casebearer, Phereoeca uterella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). Although related to clothes moths, these caterpillars appear more interested in eating old cobwebs and the like as opposed to clothing items. See http://tinyurl.com/dn4jn5 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4681  Hello,  This teeny bug is about 7mm long.  He was found crawling on our bed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Have never  seen anything like it?  Can you tell us what it is please?  Gail
This is a larva of a soft-winged flower beetle (Coleoptera: Melyridae) in the subfamily Malachiinae; possibly Malachius aeneus, known as the scarlet malachite beetle. This is not a pest of any concern; see http://tinyurl.com/khegf6s for images and detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4680  Hello , I'm from Ontario,  Canada , it's late November , I found this guy crawling on my daughters bed one morning , her mattress and box spring have bed bug covers on them and have ripped the bed apart and haven't noticed anything else . Just not sure what it is , it was crawling at a pretty peppy pace when I found it ! Please help !!  Tina
This is a very small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); it is a harmless accidental intruder that simply can be ignored, no cause for any concern. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4679  Joe in Mississauga, Ontario. Had to swat this guy as it had wings but was sitting there inside the bathroom sink. Around 3/16" long.
This looks like a birch catkin bug, Kleidocerys resedae (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), see http://tinyurl.com/n6yuxv9 for an image. As their common name implies, they feed primarily on developing catkins of birch trees, but they do not appear to cause any real harm.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4678  This spider was found crawling on my kitchen floor. It wasn't aggressive or anything, I trapped it and let it go outside. November 10 2013, Southern Ontario Region. Would you happen to know what type of spider this is?  Thanks, Derek
This appears to be a male wolf spider (family Lycosidae), but I really would like to see a head-on view showing its eyes. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4677  Not sure what this bug is.  Nicole.  Enfield, Nova Scotia 
This is a nymph of a true bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera), but I cannot tell for certain from this image whether it is a stink bug (family Pentatomidae) or a burrowing bug (family Cydnidae). If it was found on the ground surface along with many others of its kind, it most likely then would be a burrowing bug. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4676  Name : Reyner,  Photo taken: surrey, BC.  Nov 26,2013,  Outside temp: ~9C,  Inside temp; ~19C. 
Location : in between two glass. 
This is an orb-weaving spider in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus diadematus, a very common and widespread species that occurs both in North America and Europe. See
http://tinyurl.com/mfwo8t2 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4675  We get these mostly in warm months and usually in the attic or upper floors. They fly awkwardly. Margaret,   Oshawa Ontario
This appears to be Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. A general predator on other small arthropods, it is reported to have a very painful bite. See http://tinyurl.com/kmzazp3 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
 
4674 I found this in my bedroom, on my wall near my bed. Please help me identify what it is. Also there's silverfish in the bedroom too.  Thank You,  Henry.
Like no. 4673, this is a larva of a carpet beetle, but in a different genus, likely Anthrenus. See http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4673  I have attached a photo of an insect found on the lower edge of a bed in my house.  These are about half a centimeter in length.  They were found in late November.  They have been in the lidded container days and at least one is still alive, and seems to be dragging the bodies of the others using a thread coming from its body.  It seemed to be gathering the bodies when I opened the lid.  It moves quite quickly for such a small insect that doesn’t seem to have legs.  I hope you can help me Identify this so I can be sure to take the proper measures to eliminate it from the house.  THANKS.  Marianne
These are larvae/cast skins of carpet beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). They will feed on an incredibly wide variety of organic materials, primarily those containing animal protein of some kind (including accumulations of dead insects). See
http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4672  I found these in a farmhouse in rural Central Alberta. I was curious to know what they are and, because I go out there regularly, if I should be concerned about them coming back into the city on my truck.  Thanks, Scott
This is a nymph of a boxelder bug, likely an eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). These insects basically are nuisance pests that do little real harm. See
http://tinyurl.com/nrlf5m for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4671  Please help me to identify this bug/spider I am finding in my home.  Fran  
This is a cave/camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). Sometime also called ‘sprickets’ because they can appear to look like a cross between a spider and a cricket, they basically are nuisance pests that seldom do any real damage. They usually are found in dark and damp/humid environments such as in basements, caves, etc.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4670  My name is Althea, the photo was taken in Kentville Nova Scotia. This was outside on my deck railing, and the weather was damp and rainy (the deck has a roof over it) and it snowed a few days earlier. It is the size of a thumb nail, and the month is November. Thank you
This appears to be a female fall cankerworm, Alsophila pometaria (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) laying her eggs.See
http://tinyurl.com/orugads for images and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4669 This picture was taken in Grand Teton, Wyoming near String Lake in July 2012. The bug does not look dangerous and was quiet.  Respects,  Michael
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); likely one of the sawyers in the genus Monochamus - see http://tinyurl.com/oona6jafor an example. These beetles have quite strong jaws for their size, and can give a painful nip if handled carelessly.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4668   Caught it in a live trap in basement ceiling. Toronto. About 2" long... Nose looked shinny and almost beak like... never seen one like this...  Thanks Jeff
This is a mouse, but I cannot tell which species; the odd appearance of its snout likely is the result of rubbing against the trap and perhaps exposure to some moisture as well. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
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This could be a young hedgehog.  We do not know of any mice with a shinny sharp nose. 
Compare it to the photos on this Google image page.  
4667  Hello, I have this little black spider living in my home office.  Once in a while I see it crawling over my wall.  It has even had the audacity to crawl over my keyboard!  I don't mind it sharing living space that's why I have let it be but I would really like to identify it and know what to expect from it.  It's small, about 1/2 inch and black.  On the picture you can see that it has a small red rectangle on its back and some red stripes on the legs but those details don't show very much with the naked eye.  I think it's a jumping spider, actually I'm pretty sure it is but I can't find any similar pictures on the net.  By the way, I live in Pincourt, Québec...just west of the Island of Montreal. 

Thank you for your help.  Margareta 
This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus; maybe an immature Phidippus audax - see
http://tinyurl.com/n2wph4d for an image. The orange spot will become much paler as the spider matures. 
Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Blister Beetle4666  I am finding lots of these during the past few weeks.  I am in Brantford Ontario.  They are about 1 1/4 inch long, large abdomen and black and ugly.   Bill
This is a blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe; see http://tinyurl.com/makfgan for an example. Beetles in this genus commonly are called ‘oil beetles’ because of the oily fluid exuded from their joints when they are handled roughly. This fluid contains a chemical (Cantharidin) that can cause blistering of tender skin. See http://tinyurl.com/6oxqtq for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
Stink Bug4665 Hello, My name is Mandi and this was found in Calgary, Alberta Canada. What is it? It's neat!
This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); it appears to be a two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus. This is a beneficial species, as it is a predator on other insects, especially larvae of the Colorado potato beetle - see
http://tinyurl.com/lk6j43b for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4664  Hi my name is sandy. I am from CT and it is fall season over here. .. 
I have seen this bug in my kitchen, on the walls near my fridge and close to my sink... its like Brown and a white middle with a little bit of furriness to it and crawls very slowly. Can anyone help identify it?
This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like one in the genus Anthrenus. See
http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4663  Our cat cornered this insect last night. It is a hopping bug. It could hop 20cm. For its size that was amazing.  I can't say that I've ever seen one before. Any idea what it might be? Charlie.  Southern Manitoba
This appears to be a nymph of an orthopteran insect in the family
Rhaphidophoridae; see http://tinyurl.com/lmrjmx5 for an example. Commonly known as cave or camel crickets, they usually are found in dark and damp/humid environments.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4662  Can you Id this bug? It is about  5mm long and was found in the hundreds in a hardwood floor and wall paneling. The only clue was a recent introduction of a lemon tree into the home. Thanks.  Bruno.  Niagara Falls,
Ontario
This is a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus; it appears to be a saw-toothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis, a cosmopolitan species that can be a pantry pest - see 
http://tinyurl.com/lwg9zvl for an image that compares O. surinamensis (on the right) with its close relative, the merchant grain beetle (O. mercator) on the left. See http://tinyurl.com/m99jkh4 for more detailed information, including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4661  This is a bug we found in our drawer. We are in Salmon River, Nova Scotia, Canada. If I was to guess, I would say it is a type of beetle, but most importantly, I would like to know if it is harmful. I like bugs and don’t mind them hanging around the house at all, unless of course, they cause me grief, but I haven’t met one yet, that has! J (Ants, just re-directed them.) Thanks! AfrikanQueenAnnieBee
This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae) in the genus Ptinus; likely either P.fur or P. raptor. These can be pests in pantries or grain storage facilities; see
http://tinyurl.com/klhm4ez for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4660  Hello, I live in Phoenix, AZ but I need your help.  I have a picture of an ant-like bug living behind our microwave, I was able to take pics of three at one time because there are so many. They are extremely small, we didn't know it looked like an ant until we zoomed extremely close. Please help us identify this tiny spec of a bug and help us find the best way of getting rid of it, and if it's already behind and inside the microwave, how bad is the infestation?  Thank you so much, Konrad.
The shape and size of these ants appears similar to that of an introduced species (Brachymyrmex patagonicus) known as a rover ant - see http://tinyurl.com/kau92sh for an image and http://tinyurl.com/7bwfb3 for an article.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4659  What is this? Tiny insect seems to have a tiny point on the head. It loves to go in a plastic bowls that I use for salad. Sometimes there are at least 5 some of them some  aren't moving.  Nancy.
This looks like one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); their larvae develop inside seeds such as wheat, rice, or maize (corn). See http://tinyurl.com/bw2oa8f for an example and http://tinyurl.com/cff3o6r for some control suggestions.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4658 A friend of mine was working at a job and seen several of these, just curious what kind they were? Dawn
Really need to know the geographic location of this specimen as well as the particulars of its occurrence (indoors or out; associated with a web or not, etc.) before attempting an i.d. - might be either an orb weaver or a comb-footed spider of some type.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4657  Hi my name is Graham I have found these insects around the house not outside behind wardrobes behind furniture and on sides of drawers, I just squish them hate the sight of them. this is an on going problem for 3 years we moved 2 years ago and I think we've brought them to new house in furniture somehow can anyone tell me what they are , are they harmful how do I get rid of them please HELP?
This appears to be a booklouse (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These insects basically are nuisance pests that cause little if any real harm, as they feed primarily on mold spores and bits of organic detritus. They are subject to desiccation, so eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture and lowering indoor humidity levels as much as practical will help control them. See http://tinyurl.com/mvz4xf for a fact sheet with more detailed information  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4656  Please help identify, these were found in Eugene Oregon and are coming into the garage.  Bradley
I suspect that these caterpillars could be in the family Noctuidae, but I cannot see enough detail to be confident of any identification. However, they do not appear to be any species that would infest anything indoors, and may be only seeking shelter from winter weather.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

4655  Is this photo good enough to identify this spider? It lives in my bathroom on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
This appears to be Pholcus phalangioides, a very common and widespread species known as the long-bodied cellar spider. See http://tinyurl.com/nyhcjry for an image and http://tinyurl.com/lf5f552 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4654  Hello, My name is Ivaylo and I would like to ask you to identify the creatures I found in my basement under an old washer (not used for several years). I live in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I already browsed through the similar photos I found on your web site and although some of them looked similar I am not sure that I found the same creature.  Thank you very much for your time!
This is a centipede, likely in the order Lithobiomorpha (stone centipedes), see http://tinyurl.com/kaq5cut for an example. These are general predators on other small arthropods, and are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4653 This was found dead in shower at a cabin in NW Arkansas.  There are also dead cricket looking insects in the show as well.
This is a hind leg of a cave/camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae); it likely belonged to one of the “dead cricket looking insects” in your shower. These basically are nuisance pests that do little if any real damage; see http://tinyurl.com/2gwrco for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4652  My names Tracy &live in Manitoba.  We have found two  of these since May when we moved in & it freaks my daughters out. What is it and is it harmful?
This is a tiny arachnid (relative of spiders, scorpions, etc.) known as a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods, and unlike true scorpions, lack venom glands and are completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/lubjn5 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
 
4651  Hi, This bug was one of many found in my fairly-dry basement in Southern Saskatchewan. From head to toe it is about one cm long with a body that looks exactly like a black sunflower seed. I have rarely seen them alive- I think they live within the walls and it's as if the come out to the middle of the floor to die. Please help me identify this creepy critter so I can find out how to get rid of them!  Thanks, Darm
This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae), likely in the genus Brachinus; see http://tinyurl.com/keqwgh7 for an example. These beetles are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly insects, and thus usually consider beneficial. They would not be living in the walls, but are entering your home from the outside. There is no need for any control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4650  Hi, I live in Barrie Ontario and I've recently been finding these tiny beetle looking bugs around my apartment. They are brown, don't seem to fly, about 2mm long and move very slowly. Mostly I've found them in corners. Can you help? Britny.
This is one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle; they commonly are found in food/grain storage areas. See http://tinyurl.com/m99jkh4 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4649 Hi.  Can you tell me what bug this is?  My kids just brought it in.  I thought it was some kind of decayed berry but then it started moving! Thanks!   Darlene.
This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae). It should be destroyed before she has a chance to lay her eggs. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4648  MS.ROSS.......I found this bug in GA it was on my balcony at first fall time I've never seen anything like this before please help
This is a male leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae) in the genus Acanthocephala; possibly Acanthocephala femorata - see http://tinyurl.com/jvnzsve for an image. These are plant feeders and not dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4647 I found this spider living under my porch.  Was wondering what kind it is.  Never seen one like it before.  Barry
This appears to be Steatoda triangulosa, a cobweb/comb-footed spider in the family Theridiidae - see http://tinyurl.com/k4d8bcw for images. Although this is the same family to which the famous widow spiders belong, this species is harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4646  Hi.  I found this bug on a door jamb in my basement suite.  I have a couple of carpeted rooms down there, so I wondered if it might be a carpet beetle, even though I found it halfway up the wall.  It is just under 1/2 an inch in length, with a wide, flattened body.  Never had water in the basement (or bugs either, except for the odd spider).  As I've never seen anything like it before, and as I like to keep a clean house, any help identifying this bug would be greatly appreciated, as well as if you think I will need to fumigate my house to get rid  of any others.  Thank you.  Marie.  Sherwood Park, AB
This is another isopod like no. 4645.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4645  From Devon Alberta.  Found inside my home.  Jackie.
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. Commonly are known as sowbugs, pillbugs, woodlice, roly polys, etc., they are for the most part harmless nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist, they can only persist in damp/humid environments.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4644  I found this insect at CFB Borden. took the pic and I’ve never seen another.  Jay.
This appears to be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), maybe in the subfamily Lamiinae. But as with no.4643, I would need to see a dorsal view in order to be more precise. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4643  Hello, I live in Sydney but we do not have a wonderful website like yours. This bug was in my bedroom next to the bed on the rug.  It was still somewhat alive, about 2 cm long. I am worried because I have seen many seed like small flat shapes on my bedroom rugs and suspect bedbugs. But could this be the culprit? It's Spring in Sydney and I live on the 22nd floor of a high rise in the middle of the city.  Thank you so much, Marianne
Could you please submit another image of one of these showing its dorsal (upper) aspect? About all I can say from this ventral view is that it definitely is not a bed bug - it might be a soft-bodied beetle of some kind. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4642  Hello, I wish to know which insect is this. Description: It is about 3cm long and it has black puffy balls on its antennas.  Date: November, 2013  Weather: Clear Sky with a temperature of 37º Celsius. Location: City of São Paulo, Brazil.  Thank you and best regards.
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it appears to be Compsocerus violaceus, see http://tinyurl.com/n7l7ojv for an image. Nice find, as this does not appear to be a common species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4641 Photo is from Richard in Nanaimo, BC on November 11,2013. Weather is overcast and about 10 degrees Celsius.  Thanks
These are winged (alate) reproductive termites, see http://tinyurl.com/kk97cdj for a brief video clip. If this is your home, you may wish to schedule an inspection by a certified termite control specialist - see http://tinyurl.com/mcy8d57 for a starting point. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4640  Hey there, what a cool website thanks for a taking a look at this little fella. I found him in my apartment in New York this month (November) crawling on a pair of pants I had hung up on my door. I would also mention the temperature has dropped considerably over the past week. Hopefully the picture gives you a sense of scale but its about the size of the radius of a penny. Thanks
  This appears to be a nymph of a German cockroach (Blattella germanica; Blattodea: Blattellidae); see http://tinyurl.com/mdtznrw. Achieving complete control of these cockroaches in an apartment complex can be difficult, as it requires complete cooperation by all tenants as well as management. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4639  I first found a bunch of them in one of my kitchen cabinets where I store spices. I threw out all the boxes that were infested and cleaned the cabinet. But now I have found them in other cabinets and flying all around the entire house, even in the bedroom and living room. They are about 2-3 mm long. They do not bite. They seem to be attracted to paper and cardboard. They fly towards my computer monitor. I see more of them when it is warm in my apartment versus when it is cold. What is this bug called? What is the best course of action? Today, I am going to clean out all cabinets and throw out all boxes of food items wherever I see these bugs. I am especially worried about the ones I see in the bedroom. Should I use any products / sprays to get rid of them from all parts of the house?  Do I need to call an exterminator?  What treatment would be best?  Please help!  Disha.
I realize that these creatures are quite small, but would it be at all possible for you to obtain and submit a clearer image, preferably with a ‘head up’ orientation and showing the wings? As it is, I cannot be confident of any identification. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4638 My name is Januari, the picture was taken in Laguna Hills, California.  The bugs were originally thought to be mold on a ceiling panel.  But after a closer review and removing the panel we were able to see with a magnifying glass that they were extremely tiny bugs. They weren't moving and all appeared to be dead.  The location is a place of business. Thanks if you are able to identified them.
These appear to be tiny moth caterpillars. Occasionally, moths that find themselves indoors will lay their eggs there, sometimes on a ceiling. The larvae usually will die shortly after hatching from a combination of starvation and desiccation. See
http://tinyurl.com/llwnuod for another example.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4637  I found this spider in the garage in October (in Ontario). Can you tell me how to distinguish between a funnel weaver and a hobo spider? Thanks
This is a funnel weaver; likely Eratigena atrica, known as the giant house spider - see http://tinyurl.com/n55quwb for an image. This species, along with the hobo spider (Eratigena agrestis), recently were transferred from the genus Tegenaria to Eratigena. The hobo spider currently occurs only in the Pacific Northwest.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4636  Hello, my father found this bug outside on a water pail. We live near Fort St John, British Columbia. It is the middle of June and we have been having a lot of rain compared to normal seasons. This bug seems to go after flowers. It is about an inch (head to stinger) by an inch and a half (wingspan). I hope you can tell me what it is because to me it looks like a butterfly combined with a bee. Thank you, Kassidy.
This is a hummingbird clear-wing sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Hemaris. At least three species in this genus are known to occur in British Columbia; yours might be Hemaris thysbe - see
http://tinyurl.com/cerq3q3 for images and more detailed information  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4635  I am finding these more and more often. I have a couple, like one or two dead on my desk by my lamp and one or two in the bathroom dead as well. There is one that is flying around the lamp but I just don’t know what kind of bug this is. Any ideas?
This appears to be a true bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea; it is nothing that will harm anything in your home.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4634 I found this in my Daylily Garden 27 Aug 2013 (Outside). I live in Ottawa Ontario. I like to photograph the insects and animals in my garden. He/she could easily sit on my thumb nail and cover it as an indication of size.  Charmaine
This is a swamp milkweed leaf beetle, Labidomera clivicollis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/lpxmq5y for images and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4633 From New Orleans, Louisiana. ..have this tiny bug crawling in my living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Seems to be coming from the cracks in our tile flooring.  Was only a few yesterday now today there are many. Saw some on the couch and counter. Not sure what they are....any help would be grateful! Thank you.
This appears to be a beetle in the family Anobiidae, such as a cigarette or drugstore beetle. These can be pantry pests, as they will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic material - see http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4632  I was in bed and I looked down and saw this teeny worm thing. I thought maybe it was from the bottom of my bfs work boot but it could still be from our bed (eew!) I hope you guys can figure out what it is...its winter so who knows what's coming in. Cheree.
This looks like a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). See http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4631 Hello there, I just found these bugs crawling on the room and walls in my new apartment..  I was about to move in..  That's currently on hold for the time being. The date is November the 5th.  The apartment is on the top floor.  It's fall right now, in Ottawa, ON. Today was a bit warm, but recently it's been very cold.   I caught the bugs with tape held on a long piece of wood.  They make a barely discernable noise when they're on their backs and their feet are in.   I don't know what they are, and I'm concerned they could be a variety of bed bug, mite, or something worse.   Any help would be much appreciated.  DC.
These could be birch catkin bugs, Kleidocerys resedae (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae); see http://tinyurl.com/le9v8yg for an image. These are nuisance pests that do little if any real harm - see http://tinyurl.com/nytp5tk for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4630 I live in Las Vegas Nevada, and found this "worm" in my backyard, when going to feed my horse. It was in the dirt, that stays moist from her water. Beginning of November, weather just starting to cool down.
This appears to be a larva (grub) of a beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but can’t tell much more from this image. These larvae usually are found underground feeding on roots of grasses or other plants, or in decomposing wood. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4629 We found this one last night in our entry-way in Burnaby, BC.  Early November,cold and wet outside.  No other friends with him (her?) but would like to know if we should be concerned about more/infestation?  Thanks for helping. Bill.  Shauna. 
Like no. 4627, this is a stink bug in the genus Chlorochroa; it looks like Chlorochroa ligata - see
http://tinyurl.com/jwpxw4k for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4628  I live in Sarasota, Florida.  Recently I have noticed a few "pods" on the walls, inside my house and in the garage; picture attached.  In addition, we have small moths showing up, of about the same length (approximately 1 cm.); picture also attached.  I suspect they represent the same species in different stages of life cycle.  I'm curious to know if I have a problem and how to rid my home of this pest. Thank you,  Irwin
These are unrelated. The moth is an Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a very common pantry pest. The ‘pod’ is a case-bearing caterpillar (Phereoeca uterella) in the family Tineidae known as the household casebearer. See http://tinyurl.com/n8ceroo and http://tinyurl.com/dn4jn5 for fact sheets on the Indianmeal moth and the household casebearer, respectively. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4627 I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I see these from time to time and I’m curious as to their identity.  Trent.
This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Chlorochroa; see
http://tinyurl.com/m4v8gul for an example. Although at least one species has been reported to damage peaches, most do not appear to be serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4626  Found this bug (approx. 2-3mm in length), along with a baby (too small to photograph), crawling in our bathroom sink. We live in a six year old condo in downtown Toronto, ON. It’s late October, and the temperature is just beginning to drop. We have two cats, but they do not go outside. I checked both of them, but did not find anything. We’ve had scattered sightings of (what I believe are) carpet beetles in our bedroom and washroom. Thank you, Michelle.
This insect is in the order Psocodea (booklice/barklice), basically a nuisance pest that does little if any real harm as they feed primarily on mould spores and bits of decomposing organic matter. They require moist/humid conditions in order to persist in an environment. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4625 Hello,  I found the bug under my sink today and I'm terrified its a baby cockroach. I just moved into the building 3 weeks ago, I do know that it gutted to the studs and everything in here is brand new. Ironically I learnt yesterday there was a pest problem here before they demo'd the building so maybe I'm just being paranoid.
 it has a white triangle shape on its back.    I'm in Toronto Canada, its October. THANK YOU in advance
- Unfortunately, this is a cockroach, most likely a German cockroach (Blattella germanica; Blattodea: Blattellidae), See
http://tinyurl.com/l79alu2 and http://tinyurl.com/yzl7tff for more information and assistance in locating pest control companies in your area. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4624  Hi i live in Westbank British Columbia in Canada i took thos photo on my deck today. I have no idea what it is. Thanks.
This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus; most likely Phidippus johnsoni - see
http://tinyurl.com/kenzopc for an image and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4623  Found in Grand River, Ontario.
This is an immature (nymph/naiad) of a dragonfly. These are predators on other small aquatic life forms, primarily other invertebrates, and when they complete their development, they crawl out of the water to transform to the adult stage. See
http://tinyurl.com/ogqdmhq for images and more detailed information.
4622  This is the second time I have found this worm like thing. Its almost 2 inches long and it lays there flipping by the front door, inside my home. I have no idea how its gets in, or if it hooks onto my shoe when I walk in. But it makes a big brown mess every time. It has a black mouth that looks like its used to suck things with little teeth. Kaitlyn
This is a larva of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). If it was crawling on its back, it may be in the genus Cotinis (green June beetles/fig eaters) - see
http://tinyurl.com/mrcjfgl for an image. Do you have a cat or dog that might have been ‘playing’ with it and brought it indoors? Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4621  I found this on the window ledge outside about 3 weeks ago. I live in Brantford Ontario. Rebecca
This is a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although too badly damaged to be 100 percent certain, it most likely is a western conifer seedbug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, a very frequent indoor visitor - see no. 4576 for an intact example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4620  Hello, I'm writing from Montreal, QC.  My roommate found this bug crawling on his bed covers.  We've looked through your website and think that it looks like it could be a spider beetle, but we notice that it's head is a lighter grey colour in comparison to the photos that have been posted on your site.  The creature is around 2mm in length, and has a very round back segment and small head.  I hope that you will be able to identify this for us.  Thank you so much!  We really appreciate your help! Best regards, Iggi
This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae) in the genus Mezium; see
http://tinyurl.com/k6fjymh for an example. These beetles basically are nuisance pests, but they sometimes will infest dry stored food products, see http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4619  We found this bug on the second floor of our house. It actually fell on my wife's head as she was walking into the bathroom, she was not happy. The time is late October, and we are in Carrot River, Saskatchewan.  Thank you,  Trevor. 
 
This is a red-lined carrion beetle, Necrodes surinamensis  (Coleoptera: Silphidae); see http://tinyurl.com/oz69v84 for an image. These beetles usually are associated with the carcasses of small birds or mammals where they rear their larvae, but they are known to fly to lights at night, which could explain how it got into your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4618  We live in central California and these insects have been showing up recently in our bedroom. I’d appreciate any help with identification.  Thanks, Eldon
This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Anthrenus. See http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4617  In western Quebec, in my house and the weather was cold and cloudy.
This is a fishing/nursery web spider (family Pisauridae) in the genus Pisaurina; likely P. mira. See
http://tinyurl.com/k4uk3ym for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4616  I've recently seen many of these tiny bugs all over my floor in downtown Toronto. They don't fly, they're tiny (2-3 mm), dark brown/black. It's October here but still fairly warm). At first I thought they were tiny ants, but upon closer examination, perhaps booklouse? Any help in getting rid of them would be much appreciated. Thanks!  -Dorian
This appears to be one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. See
http://tinyurl.com/m99jkh4 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4615  Hi,  I found this insect in my lawn at home- near Long Point, ON, Canada.  I estimate it to be about 2 inches long.  Please advise. Thanks  _Adam
This is a blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe. Beetles in this genus often are known as oil beetles; the fluid that they exude from their joints when disturbed can cause blistering of tender skin; see http://tinyurl.com/ljsa6gx for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4614  This photo was taken on the Base in Petawawa Ontario. We have had multiple of these in our maintenance bay. It is larger than a normal chapstick, and it jumps if it is flipped onto its back.  Thank you.  Jasmine
This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae); possibly in the genus Lethocerus. These bugs are voracious predators on other small aquatic life, mainly other arthropods, but also occasionally tadpoles and small minnows. Also known as toe biters and electric light bugs, they can deliver a very painful (but not dangerous) ‘stab’ with their beak if handled carelessly. Also, they are very strong fliers that may be found quite some distance from any water source. See
http://tinyurl.com/k84ft2m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4613  Found this Spider in Frontenac Park, also Just East of Kingston, Ontario today. My daughter thought it looked like a brain.  Thanks,  Kevin
Like No. 4609, this is another orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus marmoreus, an extremely variable species often known as the marbled orb weaver - see
http://tinyurl.com/lkehhay for images and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4612 Is this a tick?  I live in Raleigh, NC. I found this bug on the door frame in my bathroom this morning. We do not have pets. We were working in the yard yesterday so it may have gotten on our clothes, but it looks engorged like it has been well fed lately. Thanks for any help.  Pat 
This is not a tick, but a bug; namely a kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Plataspididae), see
http://tinyurl.com/k7jvqxt for an image. This is an introduced species first detected in the USA during 2009. It feeds primarily on legumes, and is becoming a pest in much of North Carolina - see http://tinyurl.com/kwxtmtx for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4611 This bug is infesting my entire property.  They are covering everything including sheds, bikes, decks and fences.  They are very small (1-2 mm) and squash easily leaving a maroon to red smear.  We live in coastal Massachusetts.  Please help!
This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Also known as plant lice, these sap-feeding insects can reproduce very rapidly, leading to abundant populations over a short period of time. Simply wash them off with a strong stream of water. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4610  Its about 4-6 mm in length and I've been seeing it around my house the last 3 months picture was taken October 18th in Edmonton Alberta
This is a larva of a lacewing in the order Neuroptera, but I cannot be certain from this image whether it is a green (family Chrysopidae) or brown (family Hemerobiidae) lacewing. Both are general predators on other small soft-bodied arthropods such as aphids and caterpillars.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4609 Found this guy in my garage.  London, Ontario.
This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; I suspect that it might be a colour variant of Araneus diadematus – see http://tinyurl.com/mawt8r4 for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4608 I found this one crawling onto my bed in Montréal.   I am afraid it might be a bed bug.  I looked all over the internet and it looks a lot like it exept this one has longer hind legs than all the pics I saw.  It is also 10 mm long.  It also appears that the abdomen was all dried up or had a grayish color.  Please tel me it is not it......
This is not a bed bug, but an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), possibly a late stage nymph of a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), a peridomestic species commonly found indoors. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4607  Found a couple of these outside our home. Largest beetles I've ever seen, long as my finger with two black shiny body parts and pincers. Will they hurt my kids? Are they even from here?? They look like they escaped from the zoo. Toronto, Ontario. Thanks.  Sophie
This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the genus Scarites, see http://tinyurl.com/kaoffrl for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods and they have very strong jaws that could give you a sharp nip if you handled one carelessly, but they are not at all dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4606  This appears to be a similar bug as listed on: 4514.  Help would be greatly appreciated!  Michelle-Anne
This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in the subfamily Pimplinae - see http://tinyurl.com/myrxd32 for an example. Although this specimen appears similar in some respects to No. 4514, the angle from which that image was taken makes a direct comparison extremely difficult. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4605  Spider found in Surrey, BC, Canada.  Chelsea.
This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus diadematus, a very common and widespread species. See http://tinyurl.com/mfwo8t2 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4604 I have found a couple of these in recent weeks. I found the first on the wall and the second ended up in my arm. Hopefully I can be told there is nothing to worry  about and my fear of insects will take a back seat for a while. Chris.
Although tis superficially resembles a larva of a carpet beetle, I suspect that it actually is a millipede in the family Polyxenidae, commonly known as duff millipedes  see http://tinyurl.com/mkl4tem for an example. They are completely harmless. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4603  This bug/insect is about 3-4 mm in length and they all look exactly the same in color (black and yellowish) and size. I'm from Alberta and the photo was just taken. It is fall time. These guys are throughout the house in different places. On floor, on table, on bed, kitchen, anywhere. What are these please? Thanks! Carlos
This is a true bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera) that resembles some species in the family Anthocoridae (minute pirate bugs) - see http://tinyurl.com/mle5r74 for an example. They are general predators on other small arthropods. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4602  Please identify.  Photo taken outdoors, 10.17.2013. Mike.   Connecticut
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I found out it's a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and wanted to share this info.  Terrific site you have.  Mike.
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I see that you already have answered your own question! If you haven’t already run across it, see http://tinyurl.com/kh9cxse for state-specific information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

4601  Hi,  I’m in Toronto and have come across these little guys in our bedroom over the course of the last weeks (we just moved in). They don’t seem to come in large numbers and are on the parquet floor and on the wall. They don’t move much and when I bust them with a tissue, they’re almost dusty/fibrous.  Size is around 0.2” (5mm).  Thanks, Alex
This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Anthrenus. See http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information on carpet beetle control.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4600  I found these in a bag a dog biscuits in my pantry. What is it?  Cara 
These are larvae (and one adult) of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). See http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information on carpet beetle control.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4599   Please find attached pic of a broken worm.  Might be inch long.  Dark brown or black.  Harder shelled.  Everywhere in my dental office this fall, we saw some this summer but nothing like now.  Curl up when dead.  Find them crawling on floor then curled up.  Quite crunchy if you go to squash them but once dead then delicate to pick up.  My name is Stacey and live in Windsor, Nova Scotia.  It’s been a nice fall here – not too wet.  How do they get in?  How do I prevent this?  Thanks,  Stacey
This is a very dead millipede; ones like this one are harmless scavengers of decomposing organic matter. At worst, they can be nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they are susceptible to desiccation, merely eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture and reducing indoor humidity levels as much as practical should keep them under control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4598  Just happened to find these in the carpet in our bedroom, mostly under our bed, when we were moving furniture to have our carpet replaced. They are very small, 1/2 the size to the size of a grain of rice. The smallest ones, I expect larvae, are white/light cream color. The medium ones are cream with brown stripes and the largest are more brown with white stripes and a white underbelly. Appear to have fine hair like projections. Also found some shed skin/shells. I of course was afraid it was a bedbug but after looking online, think that it may be a carpet beetle. Hoping we're catching it early so I don't end up with infestation in my brand new carpet which is supposed to be installed in 3 days. Went to Home Depot and picked up Ortho Home Defense Insect Killer which states that it will kill the carpet beetle. Would love to have an expert opinion as to identification. Thanks for any help. The photo was taken with the bugs lying on a piece of white copy paper. 
These are indeed larvae of a carpet beetle, likely in the genus Anthrenus. See
http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information on carpet beetle control.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4597  Hi there, I'm in Northern California and I found this bug (along with about 3 others) near the bed in some folded up paper after noticing some bites. They are about the size of a poppy seed, smaller than a sesame seed. All of them are very dark in color, including the head, even when a light is shined on them. Thanks so much, Carmen
This is a booklouse, a tiny insect in the order Psocodea. They basically are nuisance pests, feeding primarily on mold spores and bits of organic detritus. They are incapable of biting humans. See
http://tinyurl.com/mvz4xf for a fact sheet with more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4596  Hi we live in west central Alberta and just bought our new house. I have been getting more of these bugs showing up in my house everywhere. What are these and do i need to get something done about them. We live in the country and have a lot of poplar trees and live in a wood house like cabin style home.
This appears to be a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). The adults feed on margins of leaves, giving them a ‘notched’ appearance whereas their larvae primarily are root feeders with some species being serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4595  Hi, Please help me in identifying this insect as I cannot find much about it with it's description on the internet. I live in Sydney Australia, and have found these bugs generally all year round.  I find these insects in my bathroom almost every day (mostly in the shower and bathtub). Sometimes there are only a few, but once there were about 15 in my bathtub! They are almost always dead. I have only seen live ones on a few occasions.  They are only about 1-2mm in length and have 2 horizontal white stripes along their backs. They also have antennas which are the same length as their bodies.  Please tell me what they are and how I can get rid of them.   Many thanks! Sadaf
This looks like a young nymph of a smokybrown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa; Blattodea: Blattidae), see
http://tinyurl.com/kaldu42 for an image. See http://tinyurl.com/k2kcror for some guidelines on cockroach control in Australia. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4594   I took these photos outside my home in Terrace, NW B.C. We've had an unusually high population of spiders this year, but the color of these ones really caught my eye. I believe they are some type of Orb Weaving Spider, but would like you to confirm this for me please.  Thank you,   Roger
This is indeed an orb weaving spider, it’s in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus diadematus, known as the cross orb weaver or European garden spider. It is very common and widespread, occurring on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; see
http://tinyurl.com/mfwo8t2 for more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4593  Hi There, I have these little bugs covering my front of my home, in Kitchener, ON. I’d like to know if they can do damage to my pants or lawn. I tried spraying around the door and windows with an “all purpose” bug spray, but it hasn’t deterred them.  Thanks for your help!  Laura. Kitchener, ON
This appears to be a birch catkin bug, Kleidocerys resedae (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), see http://tinyurl.com/n6yuxv9 for an image. As their common name implies, they feed primarily on developing catkins of birch trees, but they do not appear to cause any real harm. Adults hibernate over winter, so the ones around your house likely are just looking for shelter - at worst, they simply are nuisance pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4592  Hello! I saw this wasp looking bug today in St. Catharines, Ontario (L2S 2K9) and posted it on facebook.. no one had seen one before! It was about 3 inches long.. look at the size of that stinger thing! It was really nice out today for October.. about 70 degrees Fahrenheit... sitting outside on my mum's car.  Hope you can tell me what it is. Thank you!  Tina
This is a female ichneumon wasp in the genus Megarhyssa, likely Megarhyssa greenei  see
http://tinyurl.com/l42w6v4 for images. Wasps in this genus are parasitic on the larvae of wood wasps in the family Siricidae, the long filaments at the end of its abdomen are its ovipositor, used to bore through wood into the tunnels of its intended prey  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4591  A large spider I found hiding under my garage door. The spider had a white marking on it's abdomen. It was brown with reddish along it's legs. It played possum until I got a broom to sweep it out of the garage and then it went on the offensive rearing up on it's back legs and turning to face the broom. You can see in the one photo it has large fangs. I live in Northwestern Ontario. Thanks for your help. Natalia
 Like no. 4587, this could be Araneus saevus, an orb weaving spider in the family Araneidae.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4590  Found this bug outside. In Alberta on a typical fall day. About 2.5-3" long, had wings but didn't seem to fly. Couldn't get a bigger picture because I wasn't getting any closer to the thing. Lindsey
This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae), possibly Lethocerus americana - see
http://tinyurl.com/kztcpgx for an image. Also known as toe biters or electric light bugs, they are strong fliers that may be found quite some distance from water. They also are capable of inflicting a very painful bite if mishandled. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4589  Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA, Near Albuquerque (Month) Early April.  (Size) 3/4 Inch.  There are many that appeared in our house over the past two weeks and they are slow moving.  Any help Identifying is appreciated. James,
This is a flat-backed millipede, Polydesmida: Paradoxosomatidae. Most of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter that can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers. One species known as the garden millipede (Oxidus gracilis) can damage very tender young plants.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4588 Its smaller than it looks.  i zoomed up on it after i found it crawling on my leg n was wondering what type of bug it is.  Kimmy
This is a larva of a lacewing, likely a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), they are beneficial predators on aphids, small caterpillars, and other soft-bodies insects. See
http://tinyurl.com/kn3peel for images and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4587  We have a cabin on Engineer Lake in Ontario and this guy was just outside my cabin. It was there for such a long time....it became my morning ritual to check out his web each morning. I have my grade 6 class researching different spiders to try to write a persuasive essay for me. They are to tell me why they believe it is a particular species. Trichia.
This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus, possibly Araneus saevus - see http://tinyurl.com/mf6qcx7 for an image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4586 I am in the Annapolis Valley, in Nova Scotia. It is fall (October). I was cutting down some willow on the road allowance when I found these. I am hoping they are not ticks. but not sure. they are in clumps all over the branches and when squished, looks like blood.  Thanks.  Suzanne
These appear to be giant willow aphids, Tuberolachnus salignus (Hemptera/ Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae); see http://tinyurl.com/mkyw5mz for an image. They appear to feed only on willows but do not seem to cause any serious harm. This species reportedly was introduced from Europe shortly after 1870. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4585 I've seen more then a few of these crawling around my home as of late.  Wondering exactly what they are.  Thank you!  -Lubbock, Tx
This appears to be a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). This is a huge family with hundreds of species in Texas alone, and I cannot offer a more specific i.d. at this time. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

4584 This is the second "critter" I have found in my house today in Hudson, Quebec. Thanks for your help - great website and service!  Dawn
This is one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); their larvae develop inside seeds such as wheat, rice, or maize (corn). See http://tinyurl.com/bw2oa8f for an example and http://tinyurl.com/cff3o6r for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4583 We live in Hamilton, ON and we keep finding these little bugs all over but mostly in our bathroom. Can you tell me what type of bug this is and if we should be worried we see them so often. Thank you, Heather
This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). They are accidental intruders that will not infest anything in your home, and no cause for worry. If their presence annoys you, simply vacuum them up. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4582  Can you tell me what type of spider this is? It’s quite large about 2 inches from the tip of one leg to the tip of the leg on the other side. inside the house in Ontario in the Fall. Thanks,  Diana
This is a funnel weaver (family Agelenidae) in the genus Tegenaria, possibly Tegenaria domestica - see http://tinyurl.com/5owuzh for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4581  Cindy from ValCaron, Ontario.
What a gorgeous insect! It’s Bittacomorpha clavipes, a phantom crane fly (Diptera: (Diptera: Ptychopteridae) - see
http://tinyurl.com/ompd4xx for an image and http://tinyurl.com/q6vue49 for details on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4580  I found this caterpillar on my A/C compressor and in all my 66 years have never seen anything like it.  It’s a fierce looking beast and appears to have larvae attached to the back.   Can you identify and tell me if it is a stinging caterpillar.  Thanks, Pam – Birmingham, AL
This is a caterpillar of a white-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma; Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae); see http://tinyurl.com/dj8kct for an image and more detailed information. I often see these around our property in West Virginia.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4579  Hi there,   We live in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta and caught this guy flying around our garage.  We have been residents of Alberta our entire lives and have never seen anything like this.  Can you please tell us what it is?  Thank you, Derri
This is a tachinid fly (Diptera: Tachinidae), possibly either in the genus Juriniopsis  (see http://tinyurl.com/lpsuvu for an example) or Hystricia (see http://tinyurl.com/lrayso9 for an example). All flies in this family are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4578 Hello, I found this bug sitting on my pillow in the evening when I came home.  I live on the second floor of a house in the High Park area of Toronto. I have seen bed bugs before and this does not seem to look like one- much larger and is quite dark, not reddish. Looks like it is covered in specks of dust- but I also have five small red marks that look like bites on my side that I noticed yesterday. I know it seems that all signs point to bed bug, but please help me identify this so I know for sure. It moves fairly quickly. Thank you!
This appears to be a nearly mature nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. They are reported to have an extremely painful bite, and should be treated with caution. See no. 4434 for an example of an adult and
http://tinyurl.com/mwq56m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4577  I found this in my daughters bedroom.  Mark B.
This is a wolf spider (family Lycosidae). Large specimens can deliver a painful (but not dangerous) bite if mishandled. They often wander indoors during their searches for prey. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4576  Hello, I have attached a photo of a bug that was sitting at the top of my bedroom window in Victoria, BC, October 1, 2013. Never seen one like this before! We just had a serious rain/wind storm yesterday and last night.  Should I be worried? Regards, Wattza
This is yet another western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a frequently submitted species - you can see several other examples beginning with no. 4319. Basically nuisance pests, they often come indoors in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4575 I live in WA state and saw this insect climbing on the side of my house.   Missy
This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae); maybe a Zelus sp., see
http://tinyurl.com/kgq4w4z for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4574 Hello, my name is Martin and I found this bug in an apartment in a city in the Czech Republic (so season is not relevant). The scale below the bug (ruler) is in millimeters.  Thank you.
I cannot see enough detail on this specimen other than to guess that it might be a beetle larva of some kind. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4573 Can you Id this bug? It is about  5mm long and was found in the hundreds in a hardwood floor and wall paneling. The only clue was a recent introduction of a lemon tree into the home. Thanks  Bruno
This is a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. See http://tinyurl.com/lodnxbs for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4572 I found a profusion of those bugs in my garden,  should I be concern? Thanks! Louise
This is a true bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera) in the family Miridae; most are plant feeders and a few can be serious pests. Knowing the geographic location would help in narrowing down the possibilities. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4571  Hi,  I am wondering if this is an orb weaving spider or not? I live in London ON and this was photographed Sept. 18, 2013 in the garden. Overall length was approx. two inches. Thanks.  K Brooks
This is Argiope aurantia, an extremely common and widespread orb weaver - see http://tinyurl.com/lrojdtj for an image. This spider goes by many common names, including black and yellow garden spider, writing spider, banana spider, and corn spider.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4570  I live in Delta BC. I found 2 of these bugs in our bed.  Very small, perhaps 2 mm in length.  It appears to have many small legs and moves with a caterpillar like motion.  The head is at the smaller end, and the wider tail end looks like it has a few small barbs sticking directly backwards.  They are easy to squash and don’t seem to have a hard shell.  Tom
This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Anthrenus. See http://tinyurl.com/c3bmaxg for a fact sheet and http://tinyurl.com/4zbmy4g for more information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4569 This landed on me when I went outside on my deck at night. I live just outside of Edmonton Alberta.  Can anyone tell me if this is a pine sawyer beetle? if not, what is it?  Thank you, Jamie
This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae); likely in the genus Dytiscus. Both the adults and larvae (known as water tigers) of these beetles are predaceous on other small aquatic life, mainly other insects. The adult beetles are strong fliers, and can be found quite some distance from the nearest water. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4568  I know it's a cell photo but I don't have a camera and really want to know what the heck this is.  Tracy.
It’s a shield-back cricket (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae; subfamily Tettigoniinae); possibly a Mormon cricket -  see http://tinyurl.com/k43a3rl for an image. Knowing the geographic area where your photo was taken would help narrow down possibilities. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4567  Here are two pictures of caterpillars that were taken in Odessa, Ontario on September 19th. One picture shows the caterpillar in a pile of sawdust, the other shows the caterpillar somewhat bored (I think) into my pressure treated deck. I have not seen any sign of other insects in these areas. I’m hoping for an understanding of what is happening here, and if I should be concerned about any damage. I thought it was unusual for any insect to disturb pressure treated materials. This fall is the only time that I’ve noticed the dust, as well as the caterpillars. I’ve noticed the dust under two different areas of siding, on a door sill and under the deck in one spot. Thanks for your help, time and information.  Kyle
I really would like another opinion on this one as it does not look like any of the wood-feeding caterpillars that I am familiar with. I can only surmise that it is constructing a chamber in which to pupate; there are several species, especially in the family Noctuidae, that have this habit. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4566  We found these tiny little bugs all over our front doorstep about 14 days in a row now.  It is late September in Tacoma WA USA.  They appear dead or almost sleeping, some move when I pick them up most do not. 
This appears to be a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the subfamily Entiminae (short-snouted/broad-nosed weevils) - see http://tinyurl.com/njhcfw2 for an example. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4565 My name is Nima. I took this picture in Montreal, QC in my apartment in 21/09/2013.  I found this bug in my bedroom, with checked your information but I'm not sure it's a carpet beetle or not. I want to know if it's dangerous for human or not. it's wrote every where that the larvae of this bug can damage the fabric and carpets, but I couldn't find any information about  relationship between this bug and human health. I want to know if I need to spray the apartment or not.  thanks.
This does indeed appear to be a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). The adult beetles are pollen feeders, and I know of no reports of them impacting human health. Their larvae will feed on an extremely varied range of organic materials, and there are reports of contact dermatitis and other reactions attributed to the body hairs of the larvae. However, this also appears to require extensive contact over a relatively extended  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4564  This spider was found in Quesnel, B.C.   Tina.
This is an orb-weaving spider in the genus Araneus; they often are noticed at this time of year when they attain their full size. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4563  Found this in my backyard and i have seen them around my area, I just want to know what it is. Toronto, Ontario.
This looks like another dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae) in the genus Tibicen. See  #4556  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4562  My name is David and I live in St. John's Newfoundland. Found today, first day of fall. In a pile of wood, weve had a pretty warm summer. Today is humid and cloudy. Please help!
This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda; possibly S. bipunctata - see
http://tinyurl.com/mg6oxf5 for an image.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4561 The attached photo  was taken in mid September on the south shore of Nova Scotia.  Dozens were found in the living room near a light, mostly just clinging to the wall, curtains, lampshade, or moving slowly, but they do fly.  When they land their wings protrude out the back then are folded under, much like a ladybug. The bugs are quite hard to squash.
Unfortunately, I cannot see the characters I need in order to identify this small beetle. If the wing covers were a bit shorter, it would look a bit like a bean weevil. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4560  Hello,   I found this insect yesterday ( September 18,2013) and was hoping you could help me identify it. I discovered it indoors on my living room floor -  in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Thank you,  Paul
This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); however, I cannot provide a more specific identification at this time. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4559  We have found a few of these bugs in our kitchen cabinets.  There is no food in these cabinets, only cups and dishes.  Can you tell me what type of bug this is and how to get rid of them.  I live in Philadelphia, PA. Thanks, Jack.
This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Blattidae), a cosmopolitan pest species that is notoriously difficult to control. See http://tinyurl.com/knhlzofor for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4558  This spider has been on the back of our house where we come in the patio door. It doesn't seem to be scared of me when I take pictures...  I live in Notre-Dame, New Brunswick (in Kent county) My name is Therese.  Thanks.
This is a male orb weaving spider, likely in the genus Araneus. Males often wander from their web in search of potential mates; they are completely harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4557  Found in Woodland, WA. Wooded 5 acre lot with lots of fir, cedar, and alder trees. 6 legged insect, approx. 3/4 “ long. Brownish/black top side, tannish/white underside.  Tail has 2 orange spots separated by brownish/black line down middle.  Orange spots are bioluminescent, very bright green “lighting” in darkness.  When they walk, they use their tails similar to how an inch worm does.  Can only find insects that shine under tail not on top of tail.  Mid September, leaves are just starting to fall, dry warm 80 degree days, 60 degree nights. Michelle
This is a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Like the adults, they are general predators on other small invertebrates, mostly insects but occasionally annelids and snails as well. See http://tinyurl.com/yr68c4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4556  My cat brought this lovely creature into the house Sept 2013. We live in Kitchener Ontario. The bug is about 2 1/2 - 3 inches long. It vibrates its wings & makes a loud buzzing noise. Can anyone help me out as to what it is?  Thanks Shawn
This is a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae) in the genus Tibicen, see
http://tinyurl.com/cvy5wux for an image and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4555  I have been getting quite of few of these in my house during the summer months. They seem pretty docile and easy to catch, but curious if they are eating away at the house, or me during the night! Live in Vancouver BC. Steve.
Like nos. 4543 and 4544, this is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); you can see several other examples on this site beginning with no. 4450. Basically nuisance pests, they often come indoors in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See http://tinyurl.com/kjncogu for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4554  Hello,  My name is Van.  I live in a fourth floor condo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I am finding these insects indoors along baseboards, the sliding doors to our balcony, under furniture, and near my cat’s litter box.  They have a soft shell and are easily crushed.  I first noticed them in January of this year.  The photo was taken on Sept. 16th.  Do you have any idea where they may have come from, and what can be done to get rid of them? Thanks in advance for your help.  Best regards, Van 
This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), likely in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). See http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4553  I live in Southern NH and found this on my Japanese Maple tree 9/15/13 .  It has no antennae or legs or mouth I can see but it is crawling around the little cup I put it in. The left pic is the underside and the right pic (green thing that looks like it has 2 eyes on top) is the topside of the critter.  It is about 1/2 long.  Gail.
This is a caterpillar of a skiff moth, Prolimacodes badia (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae). It does have mouthparts and legs, but they are quite inconspicuous - see
http://tinyurl.com/lwkluyr for images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4552 Please advise me what type of insect this is.  They have extremely hard log shaped cocoon type housing and poke their heads in and out when handled.  They were found in a cold river from mountain run off in Central Alberta.
Thank-you,  Debbie
This is a larva of a caddisfly (order Trichoptera). These larvae are aquatic, and many species construct cases of various materials (pebbles, twigs, other bits of vegetation, etc.) bound together with silk. The adults resemble moths and the order itself is considered a sister group to the order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). See http://tinyurl.com/ls9uf5c for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4551  My name is Amber, from Foley Alabama, found these under an Oak tree on a humid September day. Could you please help identify this creature for me? 
This appears to be a larva of a bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae). These can be very serious pests of trees and shrubs, primarily evergreens. See http://tinyurl.com/3s6rmxy for a fact sheet with detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4550  Hi there,  I found this one on a shelf on my back patio here in Kitimat, British Columbia on September 3, 2013. Cameron
This appears to be a male orb weaver, likely in the genus Araneus, that has wandered away from its web in search or a mate. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4549 My name is Cole.  I was doing some yard clean up for the last cut of the season and as i weed wacked my fence hundreds of these insect made my fence move, i was wondering if you could identify them for me, i live in Calgary Alberta, Forestlawn.
These are an adult and nymph of an eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae), basically nuisance pests that do little real harm. See
http://tinyurl.com/nrlf5m for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4548  Hello and thank you for your awesome website! I have two young girls and they are alarmed whenever we find a bug in our home so I usually identify them and then give them a little science lesson about all the cool bugs we find. We  live in Grand Blanc, Michigan in a slab on grade home so have frequent visits from bugs. It is nearly fall here so we are experiencing a bit of a drought and warm days with cool nights. This afternoon I vacuumed our living room carpet and my dog came and layed down before I shooed her out of the freshly clean spot. Moments later I saw this strange little beetle on the floor and can only assume it came off of her since she is often in our large yard all day. It looks very similar to a tick, but I notice it does not have 8 legs but has 6 so is not an arachnid. This is probably the extent of my tick identification expertise.  It's very tiny, about half the size of a pencil eraser. Thanks in advance for any information you can give me and I appreciate your time.  Sincerely,  Sara
This is not a beetle, but a nymph of a true bug (order Hemiptera). It superficially resembles a stink bug (family Pentatomidae), but the distinctly spiny legs make me think that it may be a burrowing bug in the family Cydnidae. In either case, it would be harmless to you or your pets.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4547 Taken at Earl Rowe provincial park. Evening in the bathroom.  Steve
This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; likely an immature specimen. All orb weavers are harmless to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4546  Found this guy in a cooler in the garage with empty beer bottles. Sept 9th, rural home, outside Strathroy Ont.
This appears to be a wolf spider, but cannot see enough detail to be confident of a more specific i.d.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4545  Hello,  I found this 2-headed bug in Oklahoma City!!! it's HUGE! It fell from a tree and its apparently unconscious now... What can it be?
This is a mating pair of dog-day/annual cicadas (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); likely in the genus Tibicen. Like their well-known cousin, periodical cicadas, they spend most of their lives underground as nymphs, feeding on sap from tree roots. After emerging from their underground abodes and transforming to the adult stage, they live only long enough to find mates and lay eggs. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4544  This little guy is seen outside the house and is making a habit of finding its’ way indoors. It can fly.  Any idea what it might be and whether I should be worried – I live in a log house in Kimberley, BC.  Thanks. 
Regards,  Graham
Yet another example of a western conifer seed bug – see no. 4543,  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4543  Hi there, I am sending you this photo in hopes you can tell me more about them as they are all over my house inside and out. I live in Pemberton, BC...and they are all over my windowsills and deck. Best, Natalie
This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), you can see several other examples on this site beginning with no. 4450. Basically nuisance pests, they often come indoors in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See
http://tinyurl.com/kjncogu for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4542  I found this guy indoors on my windowsill.  I live in a very old house, so it could be possible it snuck in somehow, but it was quite large in size (approx. 1.25in not incl. antenna).  It looks like a mix between a praying mantis, grasshopper/cricket, and a fly fish. I live in Norwalk, CT USA; September 9; beautiful fall weather.  Thank you in advance!!  Teresa
This is a tree cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllidae; subfamily Oecanthinae); likely a two-spotted tree cricket, Neoxabea bipunctata - see
http://tinyurl.com/lwn5rft for an image. In spite of their somewhat dainty appearance, these insects can give a quite painful bite if they encounter human skin. Supposedly, the chirping rate of some species can be used to determine the ambient temperature - see http://tinyurl.com/286oy53 for details. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4541 I have some small bugs in my flour and thought they were Liposcelis bostrychophila, but this has small wings.  So maybe Lepinotus reticulatus.  I just have never seen this before.  They move fast.   Eric.
- I have doubts that this specimen belongs to either species mentioned here, but I can offer no alternative - I believe that only a specialist in this group would be able to identify it to species.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4540  Hi, my name is Andrew and I found this critter in surrey, BC. I have a forested creek area in my back yard so we have many creatures roaming the premises. At first I thought it was a tick so I grabbed my phone and took these photos. Upon closer inspection it appears to be a beetle of some sort considering the leg and foot shape I believe.  It's early September and we just had some lightning storms. I saw one outside crawling on my door as well. It was either rather efficiently evading spiders or spiders don't seem to like them. Thanks in advance. Andrew
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) that appears to be in the subfamily Entiminae (short-snouted/broad-nosed weevils) - see http://tinyurl.com/njhcfw2 for an example. These weevils often entre buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4539  Vaudreuil, Quebec. Photo was taken 8/31/2013. What is it ?  Corey
This is a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae). Often mistaken for giant mosquitoes, they cannot bite and are completely harmless. The larvae of some species, known as leatherjackets, can be serious turf pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
 
4538  Hi there, we spotted this insect in our garage today in Peterborough , Ontario, Canada. We weren't sure this was actually an insect due to the detailed face, however it was moving and the tongue was coming out and it had one similar to a snake. We are not sure what this is, so identification would be helpful.  Thank you, Mikaela
This is a larva of a tiger swallowtail butterfly, in your area, it could be the Canadian tiger swallowtail, Papilio canadensis, see http://tinyurl.com/ow5eyxc for an example. The larva of the eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, also is very similar in appearance. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4537  Found this spider in North Vancouver, BC. The body is the same size as a dime. One of the largest spiders I've ever seen. Any information would be great. Thank you.  Katie. 
This is a male funnel weaver spider (family Agelenidae) in the genus Tegenaria; possibly Tegenaria duellica, known as the giant house spider -   see http://tinyurl.com/nva5m7m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4536  Hi there.  I have now found 3 of these strange bugs in my basement within the last 48 hours. I have never had any bug problems before. It is a dry carpeted basement. The time of the year is September and I live in Burlington Ontario. When you pick these bugs up, they play dead!  After putting them down, about 10 seconds later they start expanding like a caterpillar and moving around. But I cannot see any legs - just a mouth. They feel like a piece of jello and are 2 cm long. regards......RON
This appears to be a mature larva (maggot) of a bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae) in the genus Cuterebra (rodent and lagomorph bot flies). They live under the skin of animals such as rats, mice, rabbits, etc., and when mature, they leave their host to undergo pupation. See http://tinyurl.com/nfwu5lq for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4535  We found this guy crossing our patio September 9th 2013. Around 10am after a light rain over night. We are currently under a rain warning of 50-70mm. This is in Thunder Bay Ontario. Thanks :) Malorey
This is a harmless orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus, possibly Araneus saevus - see http://tinyurl.com/njklh5f for an image. Wonder what it was doing away from its web. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4534  Please please tell me what this is!! I have killed numerous, two on my body and one on my wall in the past while. If it is a tick I need to alert Alberta Health Services. (I am located in Calgary, AB).
No need to contact health services, it’s a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae) - they often come indoors in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4533  Has striped tail furry legs looks like a mosquito but the sucker is short and bout 1.5 inches. Alysha. 
This is a robber fly, Diptera: Asilidae - they are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. They usually select a perch having a good field of view, and when a potential prey item wanders/flies close enough, it darts out, nabs it, and returns to its perch to dine in leisure. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4532  Trying to find out what kind of beetle this is. It's about 1" long and I've found several in my basement. I live in mid-Michigan. Thanks, Jim.
This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); possibly in the subfamily Harpalinae - see
http://tinyurl.com/n8mttlk for an example. The vast majority of these beetles are general predators on other small arthropods, and may wander indoors during their searches for prey. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4531  Hi There.  I found this beastie in my hardhat in my truck today in Burlington, ON and have been unable to determine what it is.  It was about the size of a quarter.  Thanks, for your help.  David, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
This is a nymph of Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. They are reported to have an extremely painful bite, and should be handled with care. See no. 4434 for an example of an adult and
http://tinyurl.com/mwq56m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4530  My name is Monica, I live in Buford, GA.  It's September.  This guy was crawling on my arm in bed!!!
What is it?  Pictures look like it's brown, but it is grayish in color.
This appears to be a silverfish, a primitive insect in the order Zygentoma (formerly Thysanura). They, along with their close relatives, firebrats, often are found indoors where damp/humid conditions exist. They basically are nuisance pests, but occasionally can damage some starchy items such as book bindings. See
http://tinyurl.com/m2apyfd for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4529  Please find attached digital 60x microscope pictures of bug for identification.
Found in house in Airdrie, AB.   Peter.
Other that stating the obvious - that this is a very tiny beetle - I can’t say much, as I would have to examine it under a dissecting microscope in order to key it out. That aside, it does not appear to be any of the common pest species often seen indoors. Among the possibilities are a minute brown scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Latridiidae) - see
http://tinyurl.com/k483q9z for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4528  Found in Edmonton, Alberta. I've found a few of these guys in my basement apartment over the last month. They hang out mostly on the carpet in the bedroom.  -Rene
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda, they commonly are known as sowbugs, pillbugs, woodlice, roly polys, etc. and are for the most part harmless nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist, they can only persist in damp/humid environments.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4527  Please find attached photos for insect identification. They were located in St Agatha, ON, this September.  Best regards,  KiM
This is a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) enjoying its dinner. Robber flies are ambush predators that dart out to nab prey that wander into range, and then return to their perch to dine in leisure. See http://tinyurl.com/ms9yunv for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4526   Taken near Nashville TN.  Karen A.
This is a mole cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae); some can be serious lawn/turf pests - see
http://tinyurl.com/lgs7qe8 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4525 Can you please identify this insect?  Seen many around the yard in Burlington Ontario.  The wings are not white but are Lacey so the background white shows through. Thanks,  Erin.
This is Xenox tigrinus, a bee fly (Diptera: Bombyliidae) known as the tiger bee fly - see
http://tinyurl.com/n67y649 for an image. The female bee fly lays her eggs at the entrance of carpenter bee nests. After the eggs hatch, the larvae wait until the carpenter bee's larva reaches the pupal stage to parasitize it - see http://tinyurl.com/l7ba6xy for more details. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4524  Hello,  I live in Grand Valley, Ontario and have these little guys all over the bottom 1-2 feet of my foundation and I think in the grass as well, close to my home.  They only seem to be at the back of my house, which gets the most sunlight, and they come every year in last August. They don't seem to be doing and damage to anything and for the most part stay outside, but this year there are a lot of them and some are starting to make their way through my sliding door at the back into the kitchen. I don't see them in any cupboards or drawers. I have never seen them fly yet look as though they have very small wings.  Thanks for your help.  Colin
This appears to be a chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus  (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae). They can be serious turf/lawn pests; see
http://tinyurl.com/m5dfero for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4523  I would like help identifying this bug. I live in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and found this bug under my pillow today. It is the end of August in the middle of the afternoon. The bug was dead when i found it. Thank you.  Stephanie.
This might be a short-snouted /broad-nosed weevils in the subfamily Entiminae - see no. 4517. However, a clearer image would be helpful.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4522  This guy has has taken up residence and I'm not sure about him. I am in Victoria, BC.  Thank you. Pamela
Difficult to be certain from such a dark image, but it might be an immature western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus), the only dangerously venomous spider in British Columbia.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4521  This is about 5-6 cm long, it's back looks like a wasp except its darker and looks almost spiky. It has long antennas like a spruce beetle, and legs like a wasp, i don't think it has wings.
This appears to be a hump-winged cricket (Cyphoderris  sp.; Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae) - see
http://tinyurl.com/mjlz6s6 for an example. It would be nice to know the geographic area where this specimen was found.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4520 These strange, furry-looking things were discovered on an oak tree on our property on August 28, 2013.  Some leaves have one, others small groups.  We are located in the Detroit Metropolitan area in a highly wooded neighborhood.  No other trees have these. I'd appreciate any help identifying - not even certain whether they are bugs or a disease, but I'd opt for the former (maybe larvae?).  Thanks!  Sue
These growths are called woolly oak galls, they are caused by tiny wasps in the family Cynipidae, probably Callirhytis furva. The wasp larvae develop in these galls, which do not appear to cause any real harm to the tree. For some reason, oaks appear to be hosts for a great number of gall-forming insects.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4519 Hello, I live in a fairly rural area about 50 miles west of Chicago. This is a new bug that just started invading my home in the last week or so. They are on my house (on the cement foundation area and my back door cement step) along with the box elders. They seem to be coming in my windows/door. They are red and stain/streak when killed. What are they, and how can I get rid of them? Marie.  Sugar Grove, IL
Looks like a young nymph of a boxelder bug (Boisea sp.; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). They basically are nuisance pests that cause no real harm; see http://tinyurl.com/lbwqhve for a University of Illinois fact sheet.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4518  My name is Jeff, I live in Northern California, I found this critter on the door jam and have never seen it before... It wasn't very big and I didn't get to measure it but I'd say around a 1/4 inch maybe less - a half inch at the absolute most I didn't find any others when I did a thorough search of my bed (Even though it was on the door jam, better safe then sorry!) and surrounding walls/doors.
This is a cockroach, namely a female Phyllodromica trivittata, a species native to the Mediterranean area that has been introduced to this country; see
http://tinyurl.com/yh2as6k for images. It is in the process of producing it’s ootheca (egg case), so you may soon have more ‘house guests’. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4517  We have started to notice these bugs around our house more often in the past few days (Late August).  They are in the basement and on the main floor.  There are also quite a few dead ones in the insulation of the garage.  We just moved into this home and are trying to figure out how to get rid of them.  They seem to play dead when they are touched.  We live in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  Christina.
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); it appears to be one of the short-snouted /broad-nosed weevils in the subfamily Entiminae. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4516  A few weeks ago we starting seeing a bunch of these tiny bugs in the carpet of our basement guest bedroom.  They are very small and jump when touched.  We’ve vacuumed and cleaned the area but they keep coming back, we are not sure from where!  We are located in Edmonton, Canada and we started noticing them in (early August 2013).  I’ve done lots of research online trying to figure out what these are, and I believe they are SPRINGTAILS.  From what I’ve read they are harmless, however I do NOT want them in my house, especially not where we have guests sleeping!   Please help, thank you!  Ann.  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
This is indeed a springtail (order Collembola). These creatures need moisture/high humidity in order to survive indoors, so moisture management is the key to control. Eliminate as many sources of unnecessary moisture that you can find (leaky water taps and pipes, condensate from refrigeration/air handling equipment, etc., and lower indoor humidity levels as much as possible. Given their ubiquity in the environment, it is nearly impossible to keep them from gaining entry, so you just have to make conditions as difficult as possible for them. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4515  I live in Los Angeles California. I found  these thing on the floor I think they came from the window there were a lot of them and they can only walk on fabric for some reason when they are on the floor they act dead.  Does this insect sucks blood or what? It's like a red ant with wings.
This is a winged reproductive termite. You probably should consider scheduling a home inspection by a certified termite control company. See
http://tinyurl.com/kw48x6z for a starting point.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4514  My kids were thrilled to find this bug but I'm stumped, what is it, please?! Orange tint to its upper legs.  Thanks!Lisa,  North Vancouver, BC.  28 Aug 2013.
I’ll have to get back to this one later, as it temporarily at least has me stumped. A clearer image would be most welcome. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
4513 Stacy.  Santa Cruz, California.  Very small bugs (1-2 mm) that hatched (I think they hatched, not swarmed) out of a crevice in the outside a wood house.  Thousands of individuals have been crawling around in the same area for several days.  Weather is sunny, season late summer.  Thanks for any help! 
These are nymphs of a bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea. One possibility is the false chinch bug, Nysius raphanus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) - see
http://tinyurl.com/n22ppcv for images and a fact sheet.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4512 Wife got bitten by this guy yesterday.  Went to doctor and given antibiotic and antihistamine.  3 bite marks.  swelling and redness.  Spider and web located in her flower garden, where she was working at the time.  Hope this info and photo helps.  JLB
This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; none of these spiders are dangerous to humans. Unless your wife was having an unusual allergic reaction (people do vary in their sensitivity to many arthropod venoms), medical treatment should not have been necessary. I cannot understand why an antibiotic would have been administered. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4511 Hi, Small white clusters being found in our basement in sparatic areas.  Wipe away and back within 12 hours twice as bad.  They are actually crawling on my finger in the photo.  From Chatham Ontario 22/08/2013. Best Regards, Gavin
Anything that small and mobile just about has to be a mite of some kind; try lowering the humidity level in the basement as well as eliminating any unnecessary moisture sources. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4510  My flowering cherry has a number of these insects on it.  I have never seen anything like them.  Do you know what it is?  Mark,  Annapolis  MD
This is a saddleback caterpillar, Acharia stimulea (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae); it is armed with numerous venomous spines, so please avoid touching any of them. See
http://tinyurl.com/kqxvaf2 for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4509  Hello, I found this lovely cocoon while on vacation in Winter Park, Colorado. It was attached to our condo, and I was eager to see what would come out of it. Unfortunately, we left before it hatched, but I still want to know what was inside! Thanks for any help you are able to provide. Mandy
This is a chrysalis (pupa) of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, possibly a mourning cloak butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa), see
http://tinyurl.com/lteawka for an image.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4508  I keep finding these little bugs inside the light fixture of my (indoor) hallway walk-in closet. I clean them out of there, but they come back. This picture was taken August 21, 2013 in North York, ON. Thanks,  Dex
These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae); likely the smooth spider beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale - see
http://tinyurl.com/kbwkpsx for an image. Spider beetles basically are nuisance pests, but they sometimes will infest dry stored food products. See http://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4507  Hi I'm Dana from Evansville Indiana my mom had a kitty pool this summer wich used it few times then she never cleaned it now all these worm looking things developed has to be hundreds of them could you identify them for me?
These are beetle larvae, they appear to be those of a water scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae), but not the same species as no. 4504. The water in that pool must have had some debris in it in order for it to have been attractive to these beetles. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4506  Hi there, my name is Monica. This photo was taken August 15, 2013. I live in white rock, BC Canada. I have quite a fear of spiders so it was a feat to take the photo a few inches away. It got wound up in my laundry and travelled up to my room. I would love to know about it. Thank you.
This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus; most likely Phidippus johnsoni - see
http://tinyurl.com/kenzopc for links to images and additional information on this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4505  Hi, I am in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Found these bugs under the leaves of an euonymus tree that has been infested with scales for some time. We are in late August and the weather is dry. Would these be related to the scale infestation or are some other bugs?  I did spray the tree with Ceygon 2E insecticide on July this year. Any chance you recognize these bugs? They are approximately 5mm (1/4 inch) each with spiky projections. Went through countless pages on google images, without luck. Many thanks
These are pupae and a mature larva (the one on the left) of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in the genus Chilocorus - see
http://tinyurl.com/mngt8rb for an image. They likely had been feeding on the scale insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4504  My son was by a small pond catching tadpoles and found 3 of these worms. They were feeding on the tadpoles. They have 2 sets of pinchers in the front on their mouth and 1 on their rear. We are in south central Missouri in the Summer. Please tell us what they are. Thank you.
This appears to be a larva of a water scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in the genus Hydrophilus; see
http://tinyurl.com/m6hedgg for an image. They are active predators on other aquatic life, mostly insects and other small invertebrates, but also sometimes small minnows. The adult beetles (see http://tinyurl.com/n6eeggf for an image) appear to have varying feeding habits, including scavenging decomposing plant or animal material, herbivory, and predation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4503  Hi,  My name is Melanie and these pictures were taken in Rosedale, B.C.  This scary looking creature was found on my parents driveway in the middle of August 2013. It was about 5 inches long. It seemed very aggressive and curled up to strike when my kids first noticed it. 
This is a larva of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); it appears to be Hyles gallii, a very widespread species known as the bedstraw hawk moth or gallium sphinx. See
http://tinyurl.com/kqcqpfc for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4502  Hi! I live just south of Regina, Saskatchewan on an acreage.  In the past week we have seen thousands of these bugs at the corner of an older house as there must be a nest underneath. They seem to come out at just past dusk and there are tons.  They kind of jump or want to fly but are mostly on the ground.  They look black to the eye but the pics show them looking brown.  Pic taken August 19th.  What are they and how do I get rid of them? Thank-you. Roberta
This insect is known as a water boatman (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Corixidae), they are aquatic but also are strong fliers that may be found quite some distance from water. They also are strongly attracted to light, which is why you find them close to your house. There is no need to ‘get rid’ of them as they soon will disappear on their own. See http://tinyurl.com/kesggrf for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
4501  My name is Renita, I live in North Jersey.  This bug has been spotted in my kitchen over the last few weeks (August 20, 2013). It is a very small bug, maybe 1/8 inch.  It has been spotted both crawling and flying.  It is very slow and can be killed easily.  The wings seem to tuck inside when it is not flying.  Please help.
These could be cigarette or drugstore beetles; they both are in the family Anobiidae and can be pantry pests as they can infest a very wide variety of dry stored food products. See
http://tinyurl.com/dba9uj for detailed information including control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

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